Thousands of teachers and school staff members marched from City Railway Station to the Freedom Park in Bengaluru on Tuesday

Teachers staff of private schools hold massive protest in Bengaluru over fee cut
news Education Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 15:08

Thousands of teachers and staff members from various private schools in Karnataka, under the umbrella of Karnataka Private Unaided School Managements, Teaching and Non Teaching Staff Coordination Committee (KPMTCC), marched in Bengaluru as part of a massive protest organised on Tuesday against the state government.  The protesters demanded that the steep 30% reduction of school fees ordered by the State Primary and Secondary Education Department should be withdrawn. 

While the state government order was issued keeping in mind the financial hardships faced by parents, school managements say that with the steep fee cut, they won’t be able to continue paying their staff.

VIsuals of the protest showed that a majority of the Anand Rao circle area in Bengaluru was filled with protesters as they made their way to Freedom Park after gathering at the City Railway Station in Majestic.

“I am doing all the work that is needed to help students. We are making videos and trying to help students who are at home. Still there is no justice for us as we are getting less than half the salary. Some parents requested us to come to their homes and teach students but we are not being paid. We too have children and homes to take care of", Shrigalika, a teacher of DAV Public School in Mysuru told TNM.

Shwetha, another teacher working in New Horizon High School in Bengaluru said, “We have gathered here to protest against the 30% fee cut that govt proposed, it is unfair towards us teachers who have been working through the pandemic for the future of the nation.”

Some private schools managements have already approached the Karnataka High Court over the matter. A delegation of school managements had also met Medical Education and Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar earlier this month seeking that the fee cut be restricted to 15%. They also sought grants from the government to help them stay afloat.

An order by the government on January 30 had restricted the schools from collecting beyond 70% of their tuition fees, it had also barred schools from collecting any other fees such as development fee, library fee among others.

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SN Katarki, president of the Associated Managements of English Medium Schools in Karnataka (KAMS), said, “This is everyone's problem, keeping with his promise, the Education Minister has visited us. In this pandemic time, please give us a new lease of life, the schools are like any other sector that needs state investment.”

He added, “Kindly give us concession on taxes, help us get back on our feet financially, we have put forth our demands and we request once again that the govt understand our plight.”

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