Parents are facing a tough time to pay school fees after recall of high-value banknotes as some institutions in Bhopal are accepting only cash and even imposing late fee, a parents association said on Friday.
“We have requested the district education officer (DEO) and the collector to extend the last date of fee payment in schools as schools fees are to be submitted by second last week of a month. Schools charge late fee ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 500 a day,” Pallak Mahasangh secretary Prabodh Pandya said.
Bhopal’s DEO Dharmendra Sharma told HT, “We will issue instruction to schools to cooperate. We will request school administrations to consider other options like online and cheque payments and exempt parents from late fee rules for November and December.”
Deepa Jain, a parent, said, “Two children of my family are studying in one of the top schools in the city. We are in a position to pay the fee by cheque or e-transfer, but the school management is demanding cash payment only. ”
Parents, on the condition of anonymity, said Theodosian Academy, Mansarovar Public School, Azad Public School, Mother Teresa School and Scholars Public Home are accepting only cash payments and they have also not extended the last date of paying fee.
A spokesperson of Mother Teresa School said, “Our late fee is `5 a day and we usually accept cash payments. As of now, there is no extension in the last date.”
A spokesperson of Mansarovar Public School said, “Fee is taken in cash only. Parents can pay it through Rs 100 or Rs 2000 banknotes whichever is suitable to them.”
Despite repeated attempts by HT, managements of Scholars Public Home, Theodosian Academy and Azad Public School could not be reached for comment.
Some schools like St Joseph’s Convent, Delhi Public School and Sanskaar Valley have asked parents to submit fee through cheque, draft and e-transfer.
Delhi Public School principal Ajay Sharma told HT, “We are not even levying late fee. Parents can pay through cheque and draft.”
St Joseph’s Convent principal Sister Lily said: “Considering the present financial situation, if parents face problem in making payments, we will definitely cooperate in whatever way possible.”