Sub: Abnormal Increase in School Fees for the current year:
Parents have received the revised fee structure for the first term in the form of your circular only on 24.5.2013. From the circular it is evident that the first term fees itself is more than the annual fees fixed by the Government for the last year, nearly 60% increase in the fees. This is with regard to first term fees only and we have no idea about the second term fees. It is not known whether the fee structure for the current year has been fixed by the Fees committee for this school [S.B.O.A. Matriculation School, Coimbatore ] and if so, the same may kindly be displayed it on the notice board so that:
2. If fee structure for the current year is not yet announced, the fees collected for each class in the first term in last year may be ordered to be collected in this year's first term also. Subsequent revision could be taken care of in the next terms.
3. In order to relieve the burden of heavy fees to be paid at one go (particularly when a parent has got more than a kid studying) fees may be ordered to be collected in 3 of 4 instalments as it used to be done earlier.
4. In case of parents complaining of heavy fees (because it is more than last year's annual fees) that too at the fag end of the month and at very short notice, they may be permitted to pay the book fees and get the books first and pay the fees in monthly instalments.
5. Those who are not able to afford to educate their children at such a steeply hiked fees may be given the benefit of RTE Act (if they fall below the 2 lakh per annum criterion) so that the education of those children is not hampered.
6. Book Fees:
6.1. Regarding book fees, like in the earlier years no break-up has been given. It appears that the excess collection of last year has not been adjusted and this practice of receiving excess fees in the name of books and not refunding to the 10th and 12th students will be a bad practice.
7. Contentious issues such as arrears of 2009-10 which have been time and again discussed and represented to various fora may be kept aside so that smooth functioning of the next academic year could be looked forward to.
8. We hope that you will issue suitable instructions urgently so that the Parents are not put to hardship, that to at such a short notice and when the school is scheduled to re-open next week.
Repeated hearing before the Committee have not yet resolved the issue. While the school has claimed that they have refunded the excess fees collected for books last year by means of adjustment in the book fees of this year, the following two issues remain:
With regard to the excess fees collected from parents of new entrants (LKG) last year in the name of Registration Fees, it has not yet been refunded in spite of the repeated assurances of the Advocate of the School before the Hon’ble Fee Determination Committee that it will be done soon.
Based on the requirement of the Hon’ble Fee Determination Committee, the CEO, Coimbatore has already submitted a report confirming that there has been excess fees collection and the School has failed to produce records for verification regarding any refunds made.
Since a lot of expenditure has been met already in attending to the hearings of the Committee at Chennai, the Executive Committee decided to petition to the Committee to pass orders on merits and evidences on record and render justice for our Complaint.
On completion of the academic year, if the excess fees collected in the name of book fees for this academic year is not refunded, a fresh complaint on this issue as well as excess fees collected in the name of Smart Class is to be preferred to the Hon’ble Committee.
We had written to the School authorities and sought to have the pending issues settled amicably by leaving the past behind and taking them as learning experiences. We have been hopping to get a positive response from them. As a result we have not yet filed our complaint for the current period also regarding excess fees collection in the name of book fees and in the name of Smart Class before the Committee.
Sub: Requirements for improving the functioning of the school and issues related to the dispute before the Fee Determination Committee - reg.
Kind reference is invited to our earlier letters regarding the requirement for a slew of measures for the betterment of the premises at Coimbatore.
We have not got any response in writing. Even Government has become aware that it is basically answerable and accountable to the citizens of the country. But, for the parents who contribute a major part of their life's entire efforts and earnings into your premises, and who do not expect or get any charity from your institution, a little more is expected.
The Executive Committee of this Association desires to place the following points in continuation to the above letters, for your consideration and early action:
1. Mother’s Committee inspection may please be put in motion as per the Chief Minister's Order, immediately.
2. The interaction between teachers and parents and formation of PTA is statutory and Mandatory. Not only the management has not kept its promise to constitute a PTA, even the method of distribution of Report cards thrice in a year under the name of PTA Meeting has been dispensed with for the last two years. The school atmosphere will deteriorate if there is no co-ordination between the Management-Teaching staff-Parents trio.
3. It is seen that the school is asking parents to fill up certain forms to be given to some outside agencies. The School should not compromise on data pertaining to student and parents by getting involved with net working groups on which the school has no control. Any move to form or became part of social net working groups should be done after a discussion with the Parents’ Association and with its concurrence.
4. A smart class fees which is collected by the School during the academic year 2012-2013 in excess of prescribed fees by the Committee is objectionable for the following reasons:-
Hence this fees may please be refunded to all the parents from whom it has been collected this year (2012-13).
5. The attitude of the school and the method of using the teaching staff to obtain letter from Parents of UKG students forcibly is illegal and objectionable. It undermines the dignity of the teachers and is an insult to the parents. This move is only to escape from the finding of the CEO and interference with the proceeding before the Fees Determination Committee by creating false evidence in the matter of registration fees collected last year (2011-2012).
6. The School will be fully responsible for the safety and security of the children from the point of getting down from the vehicle while coming to the school and upto the point of getting into vehicles while leaving the school. Necessary traffic arrangements may therefore be made kindly in such a manner that all vehicles used by children are allowed to drop the children and pick up the children inside the school premises.
7. It is learnt that the certain parents working in State Bank of India are allowed to use the school premises for recreation activities on holidays. In such case, if all the other parents are also permitted to avail this facility, it will serve to enhance the image of the school. Otherwise it would be discriminatory.
Apart from the above, as communicated orally to the Principal after the hearing dated 3.12.12 before the Fee Determination Committee at Chennai, as per discussions with your advocate Shri. Sivakumar, and as per his telephonic discussion with your Head Office Manager, Shri. Prabhakaran (in the presence of the undersigned) we have advised the parents whose fees is in dispute for the past period to pay the fees for the past period from 2010-11 as per their own assessment and remit it in the form of Demand Draft at the school office in Coimbatore for which the school would issue proper receipts. However, due to the school not making the complete list of such parents available to us, it is possible that we may not have been able to reach out to each one of them. In such case, if their names is provided, we will contact them and fulfill our part of the commitment. We are sure that the school will respondent in tandem in matters of refund of excess fees collected and which is under dispute before the Committee.
Copy for information to Shri. Sivakumar, Advocate (w.r.t the discussions on 3.12.2012 in respect of the last para of the above letter please)
Since the traffic on the road and intrusive glances from the school premises made it difficult for its functioning in the present premises, our Parents’ Association has been shifted to a nearby address at 102, Annai Indira Nagar 2nd Street, Chockampudur. Members may contact us at the said address or through mobile phone/email/webaddress.
The Officers’ Association of the SBI is on an agitation/confrontation with their management. From their circulars, it becomes evident that all along, their Association had been sustained by the support of the management and presently (perhaps) faced by the necessity to face up to the challenges of the new generation banks, some changes are sought to be made to the functioning of the SBI which obviously does not appear to be to the liking of the SBIOA.
The Circular dated 7.3.2013 (http://aisbof.org/circulars.htm) issued by the said Association narrates the events from 2011.
When the SBIOA (and its Federation, the All India State Bank Officers’ Federation) lament about the management of the SBI forcing the Officers not to participate in an agitation against the Bank, we wonder, how the Officers could call themselves a Trade union, when particularly they do not appear to understand the stench of sweat and blood of the toiling masses, as we found during the proceedings of the Parents Agitations. (http://sboapwa.com/about.php#var_x) Even till date, the management of the School headed by these Officers has been unsympathetic and unresponsive to the pleas of Parents (poor as they are compared to the financial status and clout of these Bosses). We find their double standards exposed when dealing with their own issues and that of others. We see their hypocrisy, in on one hand trying to quell the legitimate spontaneous agitation of Fee Paying Parents while asserting on the other hand their own right to agitate, even as they are Salary receivers from the Bank. We look at the picture of how they treat their Staff (as if they are the pay masters) and how they want to dictate to their own pay masters. How they want the best part of the world in each position – how they want their rights as an employee, how they enjoy the conveniences of being an Officer Bearer of an Association (Trade Union) and also that of a Lord (in their Capacity as ex-officio Correspondents or Management Committee Members of the Schools), without spending the mandatorily required hours in the School premises and without actually dealing with the issues of Education and Parents/Students/Teachers issues as required of persons in their position and without wanting to become accountable for their activities in the said Trust, to the fee paying parents. How, after taking donations (and heftily at that) from parents and common public and shoring up resources in the name of School and Trust, give the least consideration to those who have contributed, or to the Society which has permitted them to do so, and on the other hand, even while ensuring the ‘near free education’ of their own wards, give an impression, in demure and words as if it is they who are doing a service to the society!
Yet, we shall not for a moment pay back in their own coin - We do not question their legitimate rights to protest in their organization, before their management – against any injustice. But only let them at least now remember the Biblical counsel:
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets" [Matthew 7:12]