Manipur student body threatens to boycott private schools for collecting fees

Newmai News Network

Imphal | October 13

A student body in Manipur on Tuesday warned private schools of boycott by the student body if they collect monthly fees for the period in which schools remained closed due to COVID-19 induced lockdown.

All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has been campaigning for exemption of monthly fees from the students for the school closure period.

The student pressure group is opposing a recent government order instructing private and aided schools (other than the state government schools and schools under the Central government) to collect 30% of the monthly payable fees from the parents of the students for the period of closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic with effect from April 2020.

Demanding immediate review of the order issued by the state Education (S) department, the student body had even locked down the office of the department a few days ago.

At a time when the students are strongly opposing the government decision, some private schools have started collecting fees from the students and are also pressing the students to clear the fees through messages, AMSU alleged.