Several MLCs visited the scene to express their solidarity with teachers and school principals
Thousands of teachers, non-teaching staff and principals of private schools marched from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Bengaluru station to Freedom Park on Tuesday to protest against the recent Karnataka government order that schools cannot charge only 70% of the tuition fee and not collect any other fees from parents for that school year.
The event was launched by the Karnataka Private School Leadership, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff Coordinating Committee (KPMTCC), a collective of 11 associations of teachers and school leadership. Many schools affiliated with the state, central and international councils had declared Tuesday a public holiday so that their staff could participate in the protest. Schools have decided to compensate for the portions by organizing classes on Saturdays.
Several MLCs also went to the site of the demonstration to express their solidarity with the teachers and school administrators.
D. Shashi Kumar, organizer of the KPMTCC, said the turnout should open the eyes of the state government to how teachers, non-teachers and management of private schools have suffered due to the COVID pandemic -19. “The minister said he would call all the stakeholders for a meeting. We hope that our problems will be solved, ”he said.
Many stakeholders expressed their solidarity with the protest by flooding social media with their posts and tweets and urging the state government to withdraw the order.
Parents opposes the protest
However, parents’ associations opposed the decision of teachers and school administrators to fight against the reduction of school fees. A statement from the Karnataka Parents’ Association said the pandemic had affected all segments of society, including parents. They stressed that they did not want to pay the full cost of schooling because their children did not have all the extracurricular facilities and activities. They also alleged that the school administration intimidated teachers into showing up at the protest.
No social distancing
The protest drew criticism from citizens as participants took to the streets without maintaining a physical distance. “I was shocked to learn that my son’s teachers had left for the protest when I saw the rally. When my son goes to school he will be at risk because teachers have been exposed to so many people, ”said Usha R., a parent of a tenth grader.