Nine out of 10 parents did not pay their children’s fees for the months of April, about 48% of Delhi’s 170 private schools to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic due to a nationwide lockout due to the economic downturn, one Data collected by the committee shows at least 400 unaided schools in the city. The proportion deteriorated in 64% of schools in May.
Data from the Action Aided Committee for Private Accredited and Unrecognized Schools stated that 82 out of 170 schools received monthly fees – from 1,100 to 500 to 5,500 – from 5-10% of students in April, with the number rising in May. In 108 schools.
The enrollment in these schools is from 1,000–3,000 students. There are 11 private schools in the city.
The situation was not much better in April in the other 47% of schools – in 25% of schools, only 10% and 25% of children paid fees; And in 15% of schools, between 25% and 50% of children; 10% school, between 50% and 75% children. Only 5 schools, about 3%, received fees from 75% to 100% of the students. (Overall is more than 100% due to rounding)
Fee collection increased further in May, with not a single school receiving fees from 75–100% of students – 64% of schools enrolled 5–10% of students, 20–25% from 10–25%, fees from 11%. Received. 25–50% of students and 6% of schools receive fees from 50–75% of students.
Most schools stated that parents had reduced savings, decreased occupation, salary cuts and an expectation that the government could waive fees as reasons for not paying fees.
On 18 April, the Delhi government directed private schools to charge fees under the tuition head during the Covid-19 lockdown. The schools were told not to demand money under any other component and were warned of action under the Disaster Management Act if they failed to comply.
Although the schools were closed on March 19 in view of the lockout, they continued the virtual classes before announcing the summer holidays and sent online study materials to their students until May 30. Officials said that if the government does not allow the schools to reopen, online classes will resume from the first week of July.
Among the components that schools are not charging for lockdown are the annual fees, which vary between 2,000 2,000 and ly 10,000 (annual, half-yearly or quarterly), a monthly development fund, which is 5- Occurs from 10%. Tuition fees, monthly fees for smart classrooms (₹ 200 to and 500) and transportation (to 600 to the 2,000, depending on location).
Schools said it would be difficult for them to pay their employees in June if more parents did not pay.
Ahlkon International School Principal Sanjay Yadav said that many parents have requested the administration for a waiver of fees during the lockout. “Many parents, who had been facing financial difficulties during the lockdown, demanded some time for payment of fees in the last two months. Our fee collection was better in April. It subsided in May and we are now really confused about June. We have to pay our employees regularly, besides vendors and support staff. The school has already taken a loan and it is expected that we will have to take additional loan if the collection remains the same in June.
Indian School Principal Tania Joshi said that some parents have promised to pay the fees after the lockout. “Parents have to understand that schools have to pay their staff salaries. He is constantly teaching and teaching students online.
Hari Prakash Sharma, general secretary of the Unaided Recognized Public School Welfare Association, an umbrella organization of 100 private schools in rural areas of Delhi, said many students left for their home states. “Many of our students’ families left their villages and towns after losing their jobs, which is why they have not paid the fees. The parents of a large section of students studying in these schools work in factories, small industries and wholesale markets across the city.
Most parents stated that they could not pay the fees due to financial crises created by the Covid-19 epidemic. Vishal Gupta, who runs a textile shop in Karol Bagh, said that he has not earned anything in the last two months.
Gupta’s daughter studies in class 5.
Abhishek Singh, whose children are studying in classes 6 and 8 of a private school in West Delhi, said they have not been paid since April by their employer – the owner of a factory in Pirgarhi Industrial Area.
AK Bhattacharya, chairman of the Action Aided Committee for Private Accredited and Unrecognized Schools, said that many schools have not been able to pay their teachers full wages due to non-payment of fees by parents. “Many parents have real reasons and we are not forcing them to pay the fees. But there are many who are taking advantage of the Delhi government’s order of 18 April which prohibited schools from taking any action against the students for not paying fees amid the lockout. But now, we do not know how long the lockdown will continue. How will school survive? ”
Committee general secretary Bharat Arora said, “These are not just 170 schools; The trend is similar in other schools. Paying teachers in the month of June is getting really difficult for schools. Many parents have the misconception that the government may waive fees for the lockdown period. ”
Director of Education Directorate (DoE) Binay Bhushan said that the government cannot waive school fees. “There is no provision (for this).”