Telangana state education department is yet to issue clear guidelines further aggravating the parent-school contradictions regarding online classes. While schools find no other alternative except online classes to carry on with learning, parents express dismay over the financial expenses caused by e-classes.
As per GO dated April 21, schools affiliated with CBSE, ICSE and other international boards, are not permitted to increase academic fees but only allowed to charge the monthly tuition fees on the basis of online learning.
“Initially, the schools were providing user ID and password to attend online classes. Later, schools began insisting on parents to pay the term fee instead of fee on monthly basis, in violation of GO 46, to access online classes,” commented Kadapa Venkata Sainath, Joint Secretary, Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA).
The lack of uniformity in imparting education has also disconcerted many parents. While high-end schools have switched to digital learning, lack of online classes is still a pressing issue in the budget schools.
Parents have pledged the state government to formulate new regulations that will smoothen the creases in disseminating knowledge and maintaining the continuum of learning. Parents and principals hope the new guidelines will ease both academic pressure faced by primary class students and financial burden on the parents.
“We are trying our best to keep students in touch with academics. During this pandemic, there is no alternative to online classes,” said Srinivas Reddy, Honorary President of TRSMA.