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Left in the lurch, private institutions demand sops from govt

Mysuru, July 20:- CBSE, ICSE, State Board Private School Managements’ Association (CISPMAM) president Sudhakar S Shetty and others met the District in-charge Minister S T Somaskhekar at the Government Guest House at Nazarbad here on Sunday (July 20) to discuss the problems faced by the private institutions.

According to available statistics, there are 240 unaided private educational schools and colleges. With the coronavirus pandemic dealing a severe blow to the economic situation in the country, more than 40,000 teachers and non-teaching staff have been rendered jobless.

Considering the present chaotic situation, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar advised private institutions not to collect fees from the beleaguered parents. As a result, many private institutions are struggling financially and are forced to borrow loans. Though the government has okayed online classes by the schools and colleges, it is against any institution wanting to levy any kind of fees on the students. The government has also threatened to take action if there is any violation.

Given this ambiguous situation, private schools and colleges are not able to pay salaries to teachers and non-teaching staff. The minister was asked to advise the government to help the private institutions financially. Sudhakar Shetty demanded the government to waive road tax, vehicle insurance, bank interest and FC at least for six months.

Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha, who was present on the occasion, asked the minister to consider the case sympathetically and do the needful. On his part, Somashekar said he would discuss the issue with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and see what best can be done.

BJP leader Rajeev, Schools’ Association vice presidents Venkatesh and Ravindra Swamy and joint secretary Manjunath were present during the discussion. (MR/GK)

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