BENGALURU: Parents of students at Jain Heritage School in Hebbal staged a protest outside the school on Monday, asking to know why their children’s access to online classes had been restricted. Many have not paid fees because they are waiting for the fee structure to be transparent and the components to be broken out, something they had previously desired. “We have the funds available to make the payment. “All we need is some clarity on the fees,” said Aparna, a publicist.
“Fee structures for students in the same class vary. We were also informed that the three installments were all tuition fees that needed to be paid,” she continued. She stated that discussions concerning school costs had been ongoing since January and that parents were astonished when access to online lessons were abruptly terminated. Parents went to school to find out why, but even when three parents approached the school, they were turned away.
Archana, the school’s director, told TNIE that pupils had access to Zoom classes and that the school fees were posted on the internet. “The fee breakdown was delivered to each parent separately. We were responding to e-mail inquiries. Parents have been asked to send an email confirming their child’s enrollment in the school,” she added. Mr. Santosh Mookanagoudar, Jain Heritage School’s Management Representative “As a school, we are determined to providing maximum support to our parents during these trying times, and we have provided financial assistance to a considerable number of them in the last year. The school is currently self-supporting and must handle its own expenses in addition to salary costs.
For more than a year, the parent of an RTE student at Jain School has alleged that her child has been refused access to online lectures. She explained to TNIE that she had not paid her tuition since last year. “We used to have to pay Rs 38,000 in fees each year, but due to the pandemic, the charge was cut to Rs 13,000 this year,” she said, seeking anonymity. RTE seats, on the other hand, are intended to be free. The student’s father is a private company driver, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. She was unable to pay tuition for the previous year, and when she went to the school to inquire about the loss of access to online classes, she was told that she needed to pay the costs first. This is true for both of their girls, who attend separate schools. “Our children do well in school, but for one year, both of them were absent.”
They studied other students’ notes in an attempt to learn,” she explained. TNIE spoke with the school’s director, Archana, who disputed that the institution charged tuition fees to RTE pupils. She added, “Also, no parent’s registered ID has been prohibited from accessing Zoom lessons.” “Three years ago, parents were allowed to enroll their children in extracurricular activities where the teacher was present,” Archana explained.