Mangaluru: Children turn towards schools - Parents under uniforms, fee payment pressure

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 25: With the reopening of classes 1 to 5 today all over the state, students are eager to go back to schools and meet their old friends. They also have a nervous feeling about being able to mingle with friends and study. Meanwhile, their parents are under pressure to pay school fees and buy uniforms on their own.

For the students of standards 6 to 10, some educational institutions are already holding physical examinations. Before appearing for the exam, it has been made compulsory for the students to clear their first and second instalments of the fees. The parents who were not serious about the fee payment as the classes were online, are now compelled to pay the fee.

During the last year, the educational institutions had extended 30 percent concession in fees. This year, there is no exemption, and the students have to pay the fees for the entire year. Last year, some teachers and other staff had been retrenched from service. Several were paid partial salaries.

This time, teachers and other staff are attending schools and in a few schools, school vehicles have been introduced. Some of the drivers have sold the school vehicles. Because of the hike in petrol and diesel prices, transportation charges have gone up. As many school buses are not in operation, most of the students depend on buses to attend their schools.

The parents of the existing students and those who have newly joined, are buying uniforms from textile shops. A shop near the central market where uniforms are sold, has been witnessing good rush from the morning to evening. The parents say that the cost of uniforms has gone up this time.

Likewise, parents are also buying notebooks, bags etc from shops. People who lost jobs because of covid19 and parents who are getting partial salaries are finding it hard to set aside money for these purchases.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Rishika, a class 3 student studying at SLNP Vidyalaya Panemangalore said, “I was very excited to go to school after a year and half. Since a year, it was boring sitting at home. I was eagerly waiting for the school to reopen. I could not sleep last night due to excitement over going to school. Yesterday, I went with my dad to bring new shoes and bags.”

Rishika’s mother Meenakshi said, “My daughter’s excitement was at a different level last night. We had to purchase her new uniform and shoes as the old ones were not fitting her since the school was closed for over a year. Hence, we took her to purchase new pair of uniform and shoes. She was asking me almost every day about the reopening of schools. She would also pray for the same. To see my daughter’s excited itself makes me very happy.”






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  • Shany, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 26 2021

    Media is only speaking of schools, raise in fees, uniform, books, parents pressurized etc etc. But why our media is silent about hike in petrol, diesel, daily commodities, electronic gadgets etc? Almost every week, petrol, diesel prices are increased. Why no road blocks, bundhs now? Have people lost their senses? Why only schools are targeted? Professional colleges are asking to pay full fees at a time, no installments, no concessions. For my son, for an engineering seat obtained through CET, I had to pay the government fees of Rs 45000 at a go and then pay the management fees extra. No installments, no concession, nothing. Why no one is speaking about these things? For private schools, to pay 10000 to15000 or may be more, so much noise is made, 3-5 installments, 30% concession and what not? Is it Acche din or Andh bhakths???

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  • Anil, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Private hospitals and Private educational have all increased their charges when they should have been concessions to patients as well as students- these institutions need to be strictly regulated by the government otherwise they will destroy families who have lost jobs and are being paid half or even one third of their salaries.

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  • shuba, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Why not the government of the State bear the expenses of fees and other educational expenses of the school children atleast for a year until the parents take this burden due to unemployment and other difficulties faced by them. The staff of institutions to be paid and hence they may expect the students to pay the fees. Ultimately it is for the government to see such disastrous situations and run the country for the betterment of its citizens. The petrol prices are hiked day by day. Nobody is willing to raise the voice as situation is precarious.

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Shubha, your concern is appreciable. Do you think its possible for our government to bear the expenses of all the schools of our state and the salaries? If so, every citizen should be ready to take the burden of increment in tax, price on each and every commodity....water/electricity bills.....petrol/diesel/ short raise over every item.....Even govt got hit financially by the problems of pandemic. Now there's news third variant entered India. Yesterday there were 6000 cases in total ..all over India...

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  • Jagadish, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    I am telling this from months. There will be wave again and the virus in search of kids

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    I agree....par hamara kon suntha he Jaggu ji ? For everything they take opinion from different panels.....Aam janta ki raay koy nahi puchthe hein...

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  • Jagadish, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 26 2021

    The virus will attack kids now. It’s just waiting at doors of school

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  • Jagadish, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Total lockdown should be implemented. Vaccines should be forced to all

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  • Mohammed, India

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Hahahah, bhakts are crying or laughing??? Ohhh, their children must be sitting outside home watching couples

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 26 2021

    Surprised that you are using the word " Moha.." PBUH and not you?

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Most of the schools except those running from pre-independence are of poor quality in terms of their teaching English though they are English medium. If you just hear spoken English of the little school children you can make out. Only real good convent schools teach good English....

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  • JNB, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    Fuel Price increase only 40% to 45 % it is a not a bog deal for Andh -Bhaktos. tjoe good old day when gas price was increased from 314 to 321 Bhaktos were sitting Dhrana with firewood bullock cart and empty gas cylinders because those day s money had value now caseless transaction more popular without money.

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  • BASIL DSOUZA, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2021

    This is due to petrol and diesel prices...But no one will speak about it, they will blame the school administration.

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