As the parents' association of Madhya Pradesh demand a fee waiver, private CBSE schools have written to the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, about the problems faced by the self-funded private schools of the state that are only able to sustain with the help of the fee they receive from students. In the letter to the CM, the Madhya Pradesh Private Unaided Schools Welfare Society has pointed out that none of the other charges like bank loans, staff salary, bills and taxes have been waived off, so if the government orders full or partial waiver of the students' fee, many self-funded schools will be forced to shut down due to the financial burden.
"There are several self-funded schools whose only source of fund is the students' fee. From the fee, they have to pay their EMIs, bills and give salaries to the teachers and other staff members. None of this has been waived off, so how can parents demand for the school fee to be waived off?", asked the spokesperson of the association Dinesh Varma.
He added, "The schools do not charge fee for 12 months as it is, but have to pay the bills, give the EMIs and pay salaries for the whole year. Even when we take extra classes, we do not charge any extra fee. Besides, schools have already begun teaching the students thorough online classes, so the academic session has begun."
Pointing out that private schools teach 25% students from economically backward families free of cost and the reimbursement of the fee by the government is still pending which is adding to the financial burden to the schools as they have already confirmed that parents will not be pressurized for school fee until the end of the lockdown but they have paid their teachers on time. However, the association consented to giving a concession on transport fee as fuel cost makes up for only 25% of the whole transport fee. "Though we still have to maintain the GPS, pay road taxes and salaries to the bus conductors and drivers. We can however, give a concession on the fuel cost as the buses are not ferrying students", he added.
In the end the letter to the CM pointed out that schools employee 1,50,000 teaching and non teaching staff members, along with several third party vendors, small businesses etc and if the school fee is waived off, even partially, it will impact all the stake holders involved in proper functioning of the school.