Petition: Reduce fee for JESS
Due to these unprecedented times, surely we are all affected one way or another so we shouldn’t have to ask for financial help for a service, a reduction of fees is essential regardless of the online learning, if you feel the same way please join in our plight and sign the petition
Many schools have already offered discounts inlight of the circumstances - JESS has offered a discount of only 10%
We are only asking a fair request, nothing unreasonable, we feel JESS should be more reasonable and listen to our needs, this way they will gain the loyalty we want to give, JESS talks about being a a family, we should be treated like a family.
Dear Management of JESS
In light of the existing situation, we, parents of JESS Schools, appreciate the Institutions’ continuous support and back the decision of the school’s closure for the safety of its students. However, we feel that it is unjustified that JESS has only offered a discount of 10% for the Third Term’s '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 (3 hours plus for FS). We are assisting our 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 and maintaining home life commitments for example with siblings or family commitments, plus the added stress and worry for our own safety and that of family and friends overseas.
Moreover, keeping the current situation in mind, the government has 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, 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 entire semester, 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.
Over the course of the 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 30% pay cuts. Most businesses across the world are struggling and commercial activity has now come to a complete halt in many countries, these are severely difficult times for all of us.
Considering these prevailing conditions, many schools in Dubai are supporting the parents and have announced substantial reductions in fees.
We expect JESS to also adopt this view, we collectively appeal to JESS Schools to increase the discount offered and grant a minimum of 30% fees reduction. For those parents that have already paid, we request their payments to be refunded or adjusted against the following year if they decide to stay with JESS for the forth coming year, however the decision to refund or credit should be that of the parents as they may prefer to receive the funds back during these difficult times.
This is a very difficult situation for all of us, we hope JESS will also play its part, the way we assumed it would without resorting to this Petition
Your Co-operation will be highly appreciated, we look forward to hearing from you in due course
Parents of JESS Dubai