Fearing drop in admissions, some school principals cut tuition fees in Bangalore
The reduction varies from 10% to 30% based on the tuition fees of the previous academic year.
While schools insist that parents pay the full tuition fee for the 2021-2022 school year, some private school principals have done the exact opposite: they offer discounts.
The reduction in tuition fees ranges from 10% to 30% based on the tuition fees of the previous academic year.
DD Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the associated directorates of primary and secondary schools in Karnataka, said they would advise the directors to grant a reduction of between 10% and 20%. “We will be posting a notice to all of our member schools on Monday. We also want schools to approach fee collection on a case-by-case basis for humanitarian reasons, ”he said.
Since the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, many families have struggled to afford the costs due to job loss or cut wages. Many parents who paid the fees in the last school year (2020-2021) were monitoring the situation, Kumar said.
In an attempt to remedy this, some schools are offering a reduction in tuition fees. Samved School, for example, has decided to grant a 20% reduction for the 2021-2022 academic year for people in need. Sandhya Siddharth, Principal of Samved School, said: “We have given parents the opportunity to take advantage of the discount. This is our way of helping parents who have been affected by the lockdown. We don’t want children to lose their learning because of the pandemic. ”
Ameen E. Mudassar, whose daughter studies at Samved School, said the management’s decision was very reassuring. “We are pleased that the school administration is able to understand the severity of the second wave of COVID-19 and its impact on family finances. This reduction will allow students to continue their studies without any obstacles, ”he said.
However, not all schools are so caring. Many schools are increasing tuition fees from what was billed last year. Parents at Greenwood High have written to the school administration expressing their dissatisfaction with the 6% increase in annual fees. They urged management to cut fees.
Another school in town increased the fees by 8%. “Even last year, we weren’t allowed to increase fees. All of our infrastructure costs for online courses have increased and we need to increase the fees to meet them and provide quality education, ”said a member of the school administration.