Parents protest outside the Ryan International School, Pune; demanding a reduction in fees

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Since Tuesday, around 400 students of Ryan International School located in Bavdhan, Pune has been abruptly blocked for the nonpayment of fees.

The struggle has further increased as parents are demanding a reduction in fee structure, and have mentioned the government orders that bar schools from pressuring parents into paying fees in the lockdown.

A group of parents held a protest outside the School today and demanded a reduction in fees for the current academic year.

Mritunjay Kumar, a parent, said, “The school has been conducting online classes since the start of the current academic year. On average, the classes are being conducted online for five hours every day from Monday to Friday. The school however is collecting entire fee amount including computer lab fee, library fee, and the facilities of which the students are not availing.”

“We are requesting to reduce the fees as many of us parents have lost our jobs, the business has collapsed and the income has been cut to half and in some case, it has simply dried out,” he said.

Another parent of the Student said, “We have sent an email to Ryan International School to remove incorrect fee heads like lab/library, but they did not revert, and instead started blocking students.” Further added to it, “My child has won a silver medal in English Olympiad last year and Bronze in math. How school can block students without any prior intimation and with unethical demands? My child is distraught with this and kept trying to login after each lecture.”

A statement issued by the school management read, “The Ryan group has adhered to all government directives and is sensitive to the financial concerns faced by the parents due to the current pandemic situation. We have been running the online classes at a lot of expenses in terms of additional infrastructure, training, licenses, and equipment. We have been cooperating and supporting the parents from the past several months. All the students who have paid their basic fees until July are continuing to learn everyday via online class. We are looking into all the issues raised by the parents and working towards mutually agreeable solutions.”

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