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25 April 2017

Parents Share of Voice on the Gujarat Fees issue Read this Article


After the implementation of the Gujarat Self-Financed (Regulation of Fees) Bill, 2017, fees of several schools are likely to be reduced. 

While education experts have been saying that quality of education may suffer as schools' budgets may shrink- mothers worry that safety. facilities, poor student-teacher ratio, and reduced extra-curricular activities will be the norm. 

Some parents have protested against the fee-cut, venting out in blogs and social media. The simple principle of "Garbage In - Garbage Out" - meaning that if your inputs are inferior in quality (low cost), the output will also be of inferior quality, has the parents worried about their children’s future.

Samrat Badesra, a father from Baroda says, “Quality is not free, and if it is free then it is not sustainable" (Stewart Anderson) and being a Quality professional I can endorse it for the education sector as well. The meaning of it is, if you really want to deliver  quality education and want to be competitive in fast changing environment (thanks to advancement of IT), you need to invest in updating infrastructures (like smart classes, 3D-Modeling & Simulations to explain/teach topics conceptually rather than just rot teaching), you need to pay higher to get good qualified teachers, you need to invest in hired teachers to keep them updated with latest developments in their fields (like teacher symposiums, participating in seminars, advanced training etc. etc.). And for sure these come at some cost and the same need to shared by all including parents.”

Another parent Archana Shah believes that “ low salaries will force teachers to take private tuitions. Children will be running from schools to coaching classes, and parents will end up spending the same amount of money.”

Mrs.Maya Nair says, “ As a parent, I feel that if parents are willing and can afford; they should be given full rights to send their wards to better schools. Extracurricular activities which enhance the students and makes them complete is not at all available in government schools/many other schools .”

Sulochana Selvarasu, another mother adds, “ what about clean washrooms and CCTV cameras? I think we must not compromise on hygiene and safety.”

The argument clearly is on with some others asking the politicians to send their own children to municipal schools; if they are convinced that good schools can be run at that price.

The ruling does say that schools can come forward and ask to charge a higher fee than allowed as per this regulation. Is there more to this story? Its wait and watch time.
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