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A Bengaluru school allows parents to pay fees as they wish

August 4, 2020

The Freethinking School, which follows the Montessori method of education, has allowed parents to pay fees according to their capacity. The school told parents to ‘Pay as you wish’ and whenever they want to. The parents can also get admission at the school for the wards of their helpers, drivers or other employees.

The school said it would manage the rest of the amount until 2021. Sandy Philip, Directress of The Freethinking School, said: “In harmony with this spirit of freedom, the programme is offered free to frontline Asha workers, nurses and other Covid warriors. It has been my dream to take Montessori to masses. My vision was always to make quality education accessible, reachable and affordable, and this helps me achieve that.”

Meanwhile, the managements of some private schools in Karnataka have decided that to pay their teacher by the hour instead of the monthly salaries, that is, they will paid depending on the number of online classes they conduct till schools reopen. This comes after some of schools let go some of their staff and even cut salaries.

Officials in the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) said that according to the Karnataka Education (Second Amendment) Act, 2017, teachers employed in private schools can complain to the District Education Regulatory Authority (DERA) if they have any concerns related to payment of salaries. Based on the RTE Act, the State government had issued an order that primary school teachers should be paid a minimum of ₹25,800 a month, high school teachers should be paid at least ₹33,450 per month.

Source: Deccan Herald

Read: Supreme Court refuses to hear parents’ plea for school fees waiver

Also read: Parents of students face dilemma over paying school fees in Pune

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