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SURVEY: Should school fees/tuition be returned to parents?


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SURVEY: Should school fees/tuition be returned to parents?  

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With schools on lockdown and studies being conducted on line, which option best expresses your opinion on school fees?

 

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Schools charge tuition to pay teachers and related expenses. Whether teaching is in person or online, expenses don’t change much. How does a school meet payroll if tuition is significantly discounted?

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This issue has been discussed in the US with respect to universities.

 

My take is this.. I think we have to break-down all the parts...   When we talk of things that are objective in nature; like fees for lunches, etc... unless those meals were still provided or a substantially similar alternative provided, then I think the charges that are apportioned to the meals should be refunded.. as i think there’s a clear case to be made that the “product” simply wasn’t provided.

 

When it comes to the costs apportioned to the “instructional” component... THAT i think is harder to assess.

 

Essentially how does one accurately, fairly and impartially compare instruction via traditional “in class” format versus “online”... i think it’s true to say that the *experience* is vastly different, but does tuition also cover “experience” or is sorely the transmitting of knowledge?  lots of subjectivity here..  i don’t think it’s every really been formalized what exactly is covered by paying tuition. 

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The Covid situation is no one's fault. It's a tough situation we all share and need to pull together to get through it. I know of a school that is doing its best to teach via Zoom/Google forms. It's not optimal but is an effort.

 

I think teachers should receive a reduced salary and parents should receive a portion of tuition back.

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