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All-India private school body urges PM for funds

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Teachers are facing huge financial crisis due to lockdown across the nation. An all-India organisation of private schools wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to allot funds to the private institutes for paying salaries to their staff.

Despite working hard and adapting to virtual online teaching and content development, teaching and non-teaching staff are on the verge of starvation, national president of the Private Schools and Children Welfare Association, Syed Shamael Ahmad, said in the letter.

The Patna-headquartered Association claims to have around 2 lakh members across the country.

The letter reads “We humbly request your kind self to look deeply into this serious matter and take a favourable decision by allotting funds to Private Schools to enable them to pay salaries in order to save many families/lives.”

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Similar letters are being sent to the prime minister by officials and teachers of the Association’s member schools, and the PMO is likely to receive 20 lakh letters by June 30, Ahmad said.

On the criteria of fund allotment, Ahmad said that the amount of money the government spends per child in its schools may be given to the private institutes according to their student strength for five months March to July this year.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development initiated the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) in 2012-13, in which schools regularly update information on, among others, the number of students and employees.

Apart from paying salaries to employees, other expenses of a school include rent for building, instalment of various bank loans, maintenance, electricity and water bills and taxes, the Association’s national president said.

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