Dimapur, May 20: The All Nagaland Private Schools’ Association (ANPSA), Dimapur Unit has appealed to the Government of Nagaland to provide more grants to private schools in the State instead of “pouring all the public money unnecessarily in non-productive government educational agencies.”
In an open representation to the Chief Minister & School Education Minister of Nagaland, ANPSA Dimapur Unit president Dr Andrew Ahoto Sema asked the State Government to come up with a drastic step to put to action a plan whereby the public funds are not wasted in vain but put to more judicious use.
“Instead of pouring all the public money unnecessarily in non-productive government educational agencies, it should rather be the honest endeavour of the government to provide more grants to all Private Schools in the State out of the budgetary allocation as a major section of the students are studying in privates schools,” it said.
The representation claimed that the entire fleet of private schools in Nagaland runs only with meager self generated funds, mostly through fees, which is equivalent to 10% in comparison to the entire budgetary allocation given to the Government schools each year.
“Even a layman will be able to judge the huge discrepancy in utilization of funds, whereby Private Schools are able to cater to majority of students of the state with mere 10% financial resource raised by themselves which hardly make ends meet and also without any assistance from either the State or the Central Governments and that too with so much of quality and yeoman service to the State of Nagaland; but on the other hand, even with 100% budgetary allocation of several Thousand Crores of Rupees each year poured in so lavishly by the State Government, the Government Schools always fail to outdo the Private Schools in all fields of activities including examination results, infrastructure or other extra-curricular facilities,” it said.
As regards the numerous appeals from various civic bodies that private schools should consider waiving or lowering the fees, the representation said even though the private schools are aware of the financial difficulties faced by the parents and guardians of the students, there is very little that the private schools can do for them in the form of lessening of fees or even waiving off fees.
However, it said the private schools are ready to take up the humanitarian task of considering the appeal for the benefit of the economically affected parents and guardians, provided the State Government is also ready to take up the responsibility of providing enough financial grant to the private schools so that they can in turn pay the salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff members or even stand guarantee to the bank and work out modalities with banks to provide easy loans to the private schools at all times. (Full Text of Open Representation)
(Page News Service)