Kolkata parents pull children out from reputable schools

  1. Many parents of Kolkata have been compelled to pull their children out of reputable schools of Kolkata  and have formally told the institutions about their inability to afford the fees.

Several school said , This number is in addition to a section of children whose parents have not sought a transfer certificate but the students have not been attending classes for a long time.

Among those parents who have spoken to the schools, have said that their businesses have closed down and they have decided to move back their children to their native place.

Some parents have said they would get their child admitted to a less expensive school or a government school.

Because of COVID pandemic , exits like this started in the last academic session and are still continuing, showing the extent of the financial crisis inflicted .

Before the pandemic, parents would ask for transfer certificates following their transfer to other cities or because they wanted their children to switch schools or boards. Now they are doing so because they can no longer afford the fees.

The principal of Birla Bharti school Aoala Dutta said “When the parents are writing to us listing financial constraint as a reason, it points to how serious the situation is. The frequency of the letters suggests the economic rundown and that revival has not happened.

She said “The backlog of non-payment of fees has built up pressure, too, and the economic situation is not congenial to clear the dues.

The second wave of Covid and deaths in families aggravated the financial crunch in many homes.

The principal of mahadevi Birla world academy Anjana Saha said “There are mothers who have lost their spouses and have said that there is no earning member or the family businesses have shut down and they are moving to their native place in Rajasthan or Gujarat, where they would get financial and family support.

The schools have been giving concessions or allowing parents to pay in instalments.

“But parents are also thinking of how long they will be able to continue like this. For a mother whose child is in Class III, she is not sure whether she will be able to continue till Class XII,” said Saha.

Many Kolkata  parents have pulled out their children from schools without informing the authorities because of COVID effect.

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