State Govt favouring Pvt schools at the cost of students’ welfare: UAS
The Uttarakhand Abhibhavak Sangh (UAS) protested across the State against a recently issued order by Uttarakhand Government in which all private schools are permitted to charge tuition fees besides charging extra if they are providing online classes to students in additional subjects amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The president of association, Ram Kumar Singhal said that the high court had stated in its order on June 10 that balance should be maintained between parents facing financial brunt and school management in the current pandemic but the side of parents was not even considered by State education department.
The high court had also questioned the operation of online classes for the students of pre-primary classes but the recent government directions have given the school management a clear way to charge the fee for the same, said Singhal. “Our state administration did not even consider that the students studying under Right To Education (RTE) Act will not be capable of arranging internet or required devices to attend online classes but they are still compelled to deposit fee due to the recent government orders,” said Singhal. Besides Singhal, several parents alleged that the state government is favouring private schools while completely ignoring the welfare of children and parents. They said that due to government orders, the schools have started to pressurise them again to deposit school fees including the additional charges too. Furthermore, the association demanded that the government cancel its recent orders.
The government should waive off the school fees of the lockdown period, the association demanded. The parents protesting against the government also demanded the enforcement of the Fee Regulation Act in Uttarakhand so that the private schools do not hike fees as per their wish every year. Many also added that if the current BJP government of State will continue to ignore the wellbeing of parents and help private schools to financially oppress them in the current crisis, they will not support this government during the 2022 election.
Saturday, 27 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun