Principals to answer fee queries this weekend
Times of India, 05 December 2020
Kolkata: Most schools are either keeping accounts sections open or will have a team of officials headed by the principals, who would remain accessible to parents over the weekend for last-minute payments, inquiries and requests regarding fees. By end of Friday, most schools said they have managed to collect 75% to 80% arrears. The payment deadline, as per the HC order, was November 30 and schools are permitted to strike off kids’ names from online classes from December 8. Schools hope to recover a sizeable part of arrears by Sunday, before the Supreme Court hears a plea for extension of deadline on Monday. The same day, the High Court will hear compliance submissions from schools.
South Point School will keep functioning over the weekend. “We will take a final call on the matter of defaulting parents on Sunday and announce it on our website,” said spokesperson of the school. The same applies for M P Birla School as well, which is run by the same group.
Even the principals are gearing up for a busy weekend, preparing to check the final defaulters’ list and getting ready to answer queries. On Friday, many parents paid up or inquired regarding their specific outstanding amounts vis a vis court order. “It’s a matter of difference in perception between us and the parents. But, happily, 80% have paid up and over the weekend our principals will be ready to quell doubts,” said spokesperson of Birla High School and Sushila Birla Girls School, Brigadier V N Chaturvedi.
Shri Shikshayatan School has already received 75% payments and expects a sizeable chunk to come in over the weekend. To address queries, mobile numbers of key accounts officials have been provided on website. “We will make a final tally on Monday to see if we are inching forward,” said spokesperson Bratati Bhattacharya.
For the past 15 days, officials led by the principal of Calcutta Girls School have worked every single day, sitting with payment slips that parents were supposed to collect and make payments in banks. They will continue to do this Saturday also. “Still, there are 20% parents who have not collected slips. We will keep taking payments through the winter vacations and if we see that there are parents who have still not paid up, we will strike their names off when the school re-opens,” said an official. The La Martiniere schools have also managed to collect 85% of the arrears till now.
Petitioner Vineet Ruia, who has filed an interlocutory application in the SC requesting a deadline extension, has also filed a contempt against schools in apex court stating that many have merged other heads under tuition fees. This too will be heard on Monday.