Friday, September 4, 2009

Conversation on hike in school fees

Your son/daughter or younger brother/sister has been promoted to the next grade. But, the fee structure has been revised. Discuss the hike in school fees with your sister.

This situation was discussed in one of my public session on I Speak You Speak English. I along with another participant Mr. Amit, carried out the conversation. The script was written by Harshil Bhandari and me.

After planning the Conversation, we carried out the conversation:

Amit- Hi sis, how are you?
Namrata Hi brother I am fine. How are things going out at home?
Amit- Everything is okay. Ah.. Dad not well since last one week.
Namrata What happened?
Amit- Just change in season. So, a bit of cough and all that
Namrata Okay! I forgot to speak to Papa, I'll speak to him today.
Amit- Before I forget he has changed his cell. So, you note down his new cell no.
Namrata Yeah! I'll do that. Just message it to me.
Amit- Okay! I'll SMS it to you.
Namrata Hows mom?
Amit- She's fine. And how your business is going on?
Namrata It's going on very well and we've got 2 new clients this week. I'll update you and hows Riya? What is she doing?
Amit- There's a good news for you. She scored 85% in her 11th standard.
Namrata Okay! That's very nice! Did she get admission in her old school, the one where she was pursuing her +1?
Amit- Now, there's a doubt in her mind. I mean, yesterday I was talking to her and she herself raised the doubt. Actually, the problem is the school: they are into hiking some fees and she is confused and nervous. So, That's what I wanted to talk to you.
Namrata Okay. How much is the percentage hike?
Amit- I mean, she was talking that about 40%, school is going to hike the fees, which is....
Namrata 40%!
Amit- 40% of what we were paying till last year. So, that is too much.
Namrata That's I know as in.. and did you speak to other parents and people who were there?
Amit- No, not yet
Namrata we really need to discuss it
Amit- Yeah, so, that's what I wanted to speak to you also that what to do. I mean 40% is too much. Something is in my mind to sort out this problem.
Amit- One...
Namrata But, see we need to compare it
Amit- Yeah
Namrata with other schools as well
Amit- In fact, today's Sunday. Tomorrow morning I am going to two three schools and just want to compare it, whether they have hiked it or not.
Namrata You know Amit what we can do is ah there is no need to go to the schools, I know two of my friends whose children have been promoted to the twelfth grade itself, so let me call up them. Even you try to call up Abhinav's sister.
Amit- Okay
Namrata Her son is in, was in +1, so he would be going there, so we can discuss that. He is into a different school I guess. So, let's speak to three parents if I don't think....
Amit- In fact, I was talking to Riya and I was trying to take her opinion but, maybe, she told me few points. Maybe, she was saying like school wants to renovate the entire classrooms and that might be one reason they're hiking the fees.
Namrata As far as I remember, even last time there was a heading of renovation fund, but the fees u know was not as high. There was a Building Fund, there was a Renovation Fund. Even, from the beginning I 've been telling you the Tution Fees is very high for the school... Since, Riya joined we've seen that- compared to her previous school. Now they are saying 40%!
Amit- I mean ... she was telling me about different headings: Renovation is one point which schools are telling her, then they want Infrastructure Building fund, I mean what not they are: She was telling me Tution Fees. Last year also, they hiked Tution Fees by 20%, now again 40%.
Namrata See, Tution Fee I understand, the faculty and all, but renovation.. They really need to think about it.
Amit- But, Renovation they're not doing.
Namrata and why should she pay for something when she is not even going to enjoy the facilty
Amit- But, I think the problem is even if she shift to another school the same standard the same problem might appear. I mean every school wants money. So,
Namrata We need to actually think that out. How much money? It's not that we want to play with our sister's future but we need to think about it.
Amit- See, which all points she was telling me are genuiune, that's okay. Like she was saying Transportation, maybe hike in Fuel price, that seems to be, I mean justified. Computer education which is must, I mean we have to allow her to do all kind of Computer education. But, this Renovation, Infrastructure and Hostel charges. She was telling me that you have to pay Hostel charges even if you are not staying there. I mean something unbelievable
Namrata I know
Amit- They are just forcing that you have to pay; they are just taking money out of our pocket
Namrata I know I know, we really need to think about it. Can we speak to the Principal about it? Is it the school's decision or the Government's decision?
Amit- See,that's what we have to find out basically; you were saying you will speak to few people. I wanted to meet this Principal once so that let me clear everything and then only I can tell you that what exactly where is the problem.
Namrata I feel that we'll have to prepare Riya also she might have to leave the school, because it's her +2, it should not have a bad effect on her. You know, because the friends and all make a lot of difference at this age. What do you think?
Amit- At the moment it's too early to decide whether she has to leave it or not. Let's find out the correct reasons why school has hiked. Then we'll come out with some decision.
Namrata Fine, I'll do some research on this... then, fine Amit I'll get back to you. I'll call up two of my friends. You also call up Abhinav, take his sister's no. and I'll call up Dad today. Just message me his cell no. He'll be very angry.
Amit- Okay, Chao, Bye
Namrata Okay Amit take care, okay bye
Amit- Bye

The long conversation brings out certain errors we tend to comit while speaking to others...
try highlighting a few of them

No comments: