Miffed with Gujarat government’s move to call online education “unrealistic” or not
This has put academics of not less than 60 lakh students across the state in jeopardy. Association of Promotion of Prominent School (APPS) has stated to put on hold academic and administrative work from Thursday.
Management of self-financed schools in Ahmedabad and in Gujarat took the decision after a GR said that schools cannot force parents to pay tuition fee – from the period of closing down ‘actual’ or physical education to the time the schools reopen when the situation returns to normalcy.
The government instructions also stated that despite the situation, many such schools do not pay salary or pay less than 40 to 50 per cent salary to the teachers. The decision to put on hold online classes has been backed by self-financed schools like Association of Promotion of Prominent Schools, Self-Finance School Management Federation and Akhil Gujarat Shala Sanchalak Mahamandal.
Archit Bhatt, trustee of Tripada group of Schools and office bearer of APPS said, “How do we sustain schools if we do not collect fees? The government says that online classes are not actual education and is that why we are asked not to collect fees? This is a shocking decision.”
“First, there were fee restrictions put on us through FRC. Now, we are restricted to collect fees set by FRC. But the government expects us to continue online class even when they are confused about its validity. If they want they can check that we have paid full salary to our staff. If certain schools are cutting the salary of teachers, they should be controlled. There cannot be a blanket rule,” said executive director of
Choksi said they will be putting on hold online education for at least one day as the federation has decided to do so. All the SFIs have also decided to knock on the High Court’s door as they tagged the Gujarat government’s decision as “illegal”.
Minal Desai, director of Gems and Genesis International School said that the move to put on hold online education is “temporary”. “The government’s decision is out of blue and we will put on hold online education till we come out with a strategy. We do not wish to hamper a student’s education,” she said.
Trustee and executive director of JG International School M P Chandran said, “We trained teachers on vacation so that students get perfect learning in online class. If the government is doubting the validity of online classes, it has left us in a confused state of whether we should be continuing with online classes.”
Director of Apple Global School Liza Shah said, “This is demotivating as educators. Our teachers have worked hard for online education, conducted events, activities to keep them happy and motivated. We followed each instruction from the government in terms of fee flexibility but none of our efforts have been recognized.”
“Entire world is shifting towards online classes, be it MIT or Harvard. Raising questions over validity of online classes or not considering it an “actual” education is not wise. Restrictions on schools should be on the basis of particular case and not punishing all schools for a few school’s vice,” said