Pune Schools Suspend Classes over Non-payment of Fees, Allege ‘Undue Advantage’ of Concessions

 

An official said on Monday that schools affiliated to a consortium in Maharashtra have decided to postpone online classes for three days in Pune, as well as not receiving fees from a class of students for three days in Chinchwad adjoining Pimpri. An official said on Tuesday.

Federation of Schools Association (FSAM) office bearers in Maharashtra cited “severe financial stress” due to their decision not to pay school fees from parents, which comes in the backdrop. COVID-19 Outbreak that forced online classes to move.

“About 1,400 English medium-accredited schools in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad areas are our members. Our member-schools have extended support during parenthood. COVID-19 Epidemic from not being charged for services such as food, annual ceremonies, sports activity, transportation.

FSAM President Rajendra Singh said, “School members also provided monthly / quarterly installment facility to parents to pay their fees.”

The federation instructed its members not to raise fees, but despite that concession, many parents did not pay their dues, making it difficult for schools to run their affairs, he said.

“Despite the help and cooperation of the schools, more than 50 percent of the parents are not paying the fees and taking unfair advantage of our concessions,” Singh said.

“For the last 6 to 7 months we have been patient and imparting quality education, but now the members of the School Federation are facing severe financial stress.

“They are unable to move forward in any way and that is why schools are taking a three-day shutdown of teaching activities from Tuesday,” he said.

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