One minute read. Written by Agastya Sharma, a grade 6 student (junior editor I Kid You Not).
Ok, who likes sitting at home, wandering around your room like a listless jellyfish? Whoever does is probably crazy, but that’s not the point. The point is missing school and staying put at home yet paying a humongous amount of school fess for god knows what! Some schools are asking us to pay our fees for going into total jellyfish mode.
Of course, some schools have a credible reason to ask for money. They’re actually doing stuff like online classes and sending assignments for the students to complete. But some schools aren’t doing anything worth paying for. The online classes haven’t even started yet, but the argument between parents and school reps has started about the school asking for too much. Usually, in a school, verbal discussions are between teachers and students about incomplete homework and the like. But, as always, some schools are shining in being very unusual.
I have heard a lot of parents from varying schools complaining about how the level of academics in the schools have been really bad and how they studied so much more. They call the so called new-age schools event management schools and don’t really understand why everything except academics takes the front seat. Only now do I understand the truth in their statements. Some schools have out of their way to be great at environmental drives and such, but in terms of a lot of things a school needs, they lack quite a bit.
I’m sure in times such as these, schools do realize that parents are totally challenged and financially constrained. So why the demand of such unnatural amounts? Oh, I guess unnatural times demand unnatural moves!
Prometheus school in Noida, the first to introduce the online class method, is donating all the fees they are collecting to the PM CARES fund. The PM CARES stands for Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund. Now that is a worthy cause. Not only is the school taking initiative for the students to study, it’s sending the fees to battle the cause of all this.
Although the DM of Noida has asked schools and colleges to defer fees for the first quarter, the dispute between parents and institutions is still ongoing.
I’m pretty sure that nothing of consequence will happen just because I’m writing. But better a talking jellyfish than a silent one!
Written by Agastya Sharma
Agastya is a grade 6 student who is passionate about reading and writing.
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