A large group of parents gather outside school and waited to meet the management to discuss issues, on Monday.
A large group of parents gather outside school and waited to meet the management to discuss issues, on Monday.

Indore: Parents of students studying in St Norbert School staged a protest in front of the school and urged the management to discuss the fee-related issues resulting in a conflict, on Monday. Parents had gathered and organised the protest under ‘Jago Palak Jago’ campaign run by Jagrit Palak Sangh.

Post protest, the parents met the management of the school to discuss the issues.

During the meeting with school principal Father Michael John, parents expressed their anguish about how their children have been expelled from the online class citing non-payment of fee. Further, parents explained that expelling students leaves a bad impression on young minds.

“Coronavirus outbreak has affected all of us and limited our income, the after-effects still continue with downfall in income, making it difficult for most parents to pay school fee,” Gaurav Chandak, a parent, said.

“Parents have been paying fee every year without delay, so the school can consider this year, as it has been a tough year for everyone,” Naveen Baijal, a parent, said.

“Parents have a contribution in foundation of the school, as they pay for everything, from education to school building charges. Hence, parents are eligible for concessions and understanding from school management in such difficult times,” Dev Khubani, a parent, said.

“Schools play an essential role in how we built a society and this is a time when schools must set an example by understanding and supporting parents,” Ramakant Sharma, an activist from the association, said.

Already given concessions upto 50% relief

“The school has already given concessions in fee up to 50 percent, who were facing economic strain. Parents can submit their applications for seeking fee relief. School management is doing the best possible and has taken requisite decisions to help parents facing economic strain. The concessions are given to parents based on their economic conditions.” -Fr Michael John, Principal, St Norbert School

Conflict resolved: Parents satisfied with relief

Parents were satisfied knowing that school is considering and giving fee concessions to help parents handle financial constraint resulting following coronavirus outbreak. Sangh president Chanchal Gupta and vice president Satish Sharma appreciated parents’ initiative to have an open dialogue with the school. “This is only the beginning that all children should get good and affordable education,” they said.

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