Petition-Indian High School Dubai Fee Reduction
From: Parents of Indian High School Dubai
15th April 2020
To: The Management,
Indian High School Dubai
Sub: Fee Reduction on Term 1 from (April to June) E-Learning
Dear Sir / Madam
In light of the existing situation, we, parents of Indian High School, appreciate the Institutions’ continuous support and back the decision of the school’s closure for the safety of its students as well as staff. However, we feel that it is unjustified that IHS is demanding Re-Enrollment fee, Annual fee and full monthly for the Term 1 from (April to June) 'Distance Learning Program'.
It is important to address that the online learning platform is not a complete alternate, but rather a supplement to the Term Education. Parents have to put in more than 5-7 hours a day, assisting children to complete the daily assigned lessons, provide resources, stationary, technology, not to mention the added mental strain and pressure of working from home simultaneously.
Moreover, Keeping the current situation in mind, the government has clearly created policies in place which gives the employers a choice to reduce the salaries appropriately. While we appreciate the school’s decision to pay its staff in full, we also firmly believe that this is purely an employer’s decision and responsibility and that the financial implications of this decision must not be passed on to the parents.
In addition to this, the children are not attending school for the 1st Term, neither using the premises, utilities, facilities nor all extra circular activities which are now closed for the entire semester thus reducing the school’s costs.
We also believe that IHS offer of a Relief Fund package is unreasonable, and cannot be subjected to just a handful of families, as all parents’ across the board are effected.
Over the course of last few weeks, we have seen businesses and companies suffer, families across the city taking the brunt of this situation- most employees are being laid off, forced to take unpaid leave or are facing up to 25 to 40% pay cuts. Most Businesses are struggling and commercial activity has now come to a complete halt. These are severely difficult times for all of us.
Considering these prevailing conditions, many schools in UAE are supporting the parents and have announced reductions in fees.
As prominent education providers in the UAE, we expect Indian High School to lead the way by example and therefore, we collectively appeal to IHS for a minimum 30% Fees Reduction for the 1st Term 'E-Learning Program'. For those parents that have already paid, we request their payments to be adjusted against the next upcoming Term
These are difficult times for all of us, and we appreciate the effort and hope Indian High School will play its part.