source: News 18
Among distress by guardians to protest against rise in school fees or demand for late payment of fees, a prominent English medium institute of Kolkata has caused controversy by saying it will debar a student from attending online classes, if his or her first quarter fees are not paid by July 10.The G D Birla Centre for Education also said that a guardian, who has problems in paying fees, should approach the school individually instead of holding protests on the road.Education Minister Partha Chatterjee criticized of the move by the institute, while guardians suspected that during this difficult COVID-19 time, the school is forcing them to pay fees for services not availed by students.
"If the first quarter fee (the period April 2020 to June 2020) is not paid on or before 10th July 2020, we are left with no option but to exclude your ward from the online classes and prevent access to resource material," the email sent to guardians on Tuesday by the school principal read.
The notice triggered fresh protests by guardians before the school building in south Kolkata on Wednesday. They had held demonstrations there earlier also.