Bhopal: Private schools on warpath, say no online classes from July 12; Seek economic package for survival

BHOPAL: Private School Associations have decided to indefinitely stop all online classes from July 12. The announcement comes after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhanís announcement that schools will charge only tuition fee and no raise will be allowed in it.

The Association of Un-Aided Private Schools- an umbrella organisation of several private school organizations of Madhya Pradesh has decided that all private schools across the state will stop online teaching indefinitely from July 12 onwards, till their demands are met.

The Association of Un-Aided Private Schools comprise of Society for Private Schools Directors, Ashaskiya Shikshan Sanstha Sanghthan, Jabalpur Unaided Schools Association, Independent Schools Alliance, Gwalior Private Schools Association, Sahodaya Group of CBSE Schools and Gwalior Sahodya Complex.

Vice president of the Association of Un-Aided Schools, Vini Raj Modi said while restrictions have been removed from all sectors only schools have been instructed to remain shut.

Moreover, schools have also been denied any economic package or relief in any form, he added. "We have got no relief in the bank's monthly installments for the loans we have taken. We are also paying EMIs for school buses besides paying salaries to the school staff including teachers and non-academic staff," said Modi.

The Chief Minister had announced that private schools cannot charge any fees other than tuition fee from the parents. He also instructed collectors to ensure that no school charges extra fees and violates orders.

Before this, parent associations had gheroed the school education minister Inder Singh Parmar and a verbal spat resulted in a big controversy. Sensing anti-government sentiments, CM announced relief for the parents. However, the CM's decision has not gone down well with the private schools management and they have started opposing the move demanding a relief package for the schools.

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