That’s the bill for books and stationery of my 5-year-old who will now get into class 1.
Please note that the uniforms are still to be bought. And the fee receipt with the increased annual charges and other charges will be made available in the first week of April.
My 3-year graduation course and 4-year post-graduation course in CS cost only INR 11000 and INR 19000 respectively. In school, we used to share the books amongst our peers. As in the textbooks I used in a certain class were passed onto some other student the next year and so on. Environment-friendly as well as economical.
Nowadays schools ensure that the book list is not provided for purchase from outside the school. The books are all used and signed by the teachers (even the textbooks), so that they cannot be re-used by a student in the next year. It doesn’t stop here. The list of books is changed every year so that nobody gets to buy the books from outside.
Works well for the publishing industry which earns me my bread and butter, but if it pinches my pockets, I’m sure it definitely pinches a lot of others.
This school is still better in the sense that they do not change the uniform every year like some of those that I have heard of.
The compulsion of giving a certain percentage of seats to the EWS (Economically Weaker Students) under the RTE (Right to Education) has brought relief to many I thought. At least I did until recently.
The exams were over and the school sent us a note asking for INR 800 for excursion trips to various places for the kids over a week. The list of places and the admission fees made it sound absolutely genuine amount to charge. And trust me it was genuine.
A few days later another note came where it was mentioned that for one of the trips where the kids will engage in trekking and other such activities, they had to be sent in tracksuits and sports shoes. We went to a nearby sports stuff store. There we met one of Anu’s classmates, who I know is from the EWS category. His mother (a widow) works as a domestic help in houses and sends him to this day boarding school (9 am to 5 pm). The track suit alone was for about INR 600 and the sports shoes started from INR 400. The lady told me if she knew there were expenses beyond the INR 800 that we had already paid, she wouldn’t have given her consent. I felt really bad about it. The school authorities should have informed the entire expenses in the beginning itself. I wanted to help but was not sure if that would hurt her self-esteem. But she did purchase the track suit and the sports shoes. Like every parent, she also didn’t want to hurt her son who was all excited about the trip oblivious to the expenses involved and how his mother managed them.
When I went for the result announcement, I did make a mention of this to the teacher, who for obvious reasons did not give me a satisfactory response.
What are your views about this?
Don’t you feel there needs to be some amendments in the way schools function, especially for the EWS category?*Kindly pardon any spelling or grammar mistakes as the post was typed out this morning on my phone during my travel in the Metro.