It has been informed to the government by the Association of Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) that private schools will refuse to provide online classes from November 30 to those students who have not paid the stipulated fee.
Suresh Kumar, minister for primary and secondary education had already advised private schools to allow students who have not paid the fee. In addition to this instruction, he also said that those schools who do not follow this shall be dealt with sternly.
The Association has made this decision as schools have found it a difficult task to function without the money provided by the fees paid by students in terms of paying for water, electricity bills and salaries to teaching and non- teaching staff. Their decision is the suspension of online classes for these students unless their parents remit the fees. KAMS secretary D Shashikumar pointed out that despite many parents being reminded to pay their ward’s school fees, many have not responded. Thus as a last resort, the Association had to take this step.
Parents of many students who are being educated in unaided schools have not yet paid their fees. The fee has been pending from 50-60% and yet they were receiving online education for the past 5 months. Mr. Shashikumar opined that the education minister had issued many irresponsible and controversial statements regarding education and allowing students to pass without examinations without thinking of the repercussions on salary payment as well as other expenses of the schools that the management must do. He mentioned that high-end schools may be able to survive as suggested by the minister but not those schools who are dependent on fees to make ends meet. Thus he emphasised that students who are fee defaulters will be kept out of online mode of education unless the fee is remitted.