De-roster Date Over: Most Kolkata Schools Decided To Go Slow.

By- SNEHHA PAL

Kolkata. The court sanctioned notwithstanding, most schools in the city on Tuesday took no step to debar students from online classes though their parents had failed to meet the deadline and pay fees since April.

The Calcutta High Court, in its October 13 order, had directed schools to waive 20% tuition and session fees and also instructed parents to clear the dues by December 30 failing which institutes could remove their children from online classes and other facilities from Jan 19.

The Church of North India, which runs 12 English-medium schools in the city, decided on Tuesday to "go slow and be tolerant" towards defaulting parents, though the authorities said the dialogue with parents would continue through emails, calls and one-on-one meetings. "We are taking stock of the outstanding amounts and that of parents who are yet to pay. Our chairman, Bishop Paritosh Canning, has asked us to be soft and keep the dialogue on. We are not debarring kids from classes and hope by the end of the year, we will be in a better position", said John Ghosh, secretary of the CNI Diocese that runs schools, such as La Martiniere for boys and girls.

At Mount Litera Zee School, Maheshtala, about 40 kids of parents, who had failed to clear the dues, were stopped from attending classes, while 70 were allowed. "In the former case, parents refused to communicate, while in the latter case, parents are truly distressed and are paying slowly. Thoses who did not communicate at all, even called up the teachers and abused them", said principal GM Leena.