Pune: Mother of a Class VII student of Vision English Medium School, Akshay was finding it difficult to pay for her son’s education after her husband passed away in an accident.
She had decided to take her son out of the school. But thanks to parents of some students of the Ambegaon-based school, today Akshay continues to study in the same school.
This is not a sole case. Parents and teachers of the school realised that there are several other parents who are finding it difficult to fund the education of their heirs. This prompted them to come together and chip in with contributions from their end to help the students complete the education.
“During one of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meeting at the school, the authorities brought the fact to our notice that some parents have not paid their fee,” said Prasad Kulkarni, father of a student, who is also associated with the PTA. He added that they came to know that the parents couldn’t pay the fee because of financial constraints. “In one case, a student’s father who is an electrician could not pay the fee as he had met with an accident at work,” he said.
Principal of the school Kanchan Satpute said that when they started scrutinising the students and their parents’ economical condition, they came across as many as 40 parents who couldn’t fund their children’s education. “There was a student whose parents got separated. There were cases where the parent was the sole bread earner and had lost his job. There was one whose father had lost his life in an accident,” she said.
“Even the school extended support and gave concession in fee though our school are unaided,” she added.
Ram Chavan, one of the parents who had contributed for some students, said, “The school came out with the circular appealing to parents to pay whatever amount they feel. So far, several parents have extended their support and contributed money.”