Little Rock Indian School in Brahmavar has invited parents to apply for a freeship starting at 50% of the fees and in some cases 75% or in rare cases 100%. The campus of more than 3,500 students found that parents are unable to pay fees due to the pandemic crisis. “In order to help them and, above all, not to deprive a single child of their education, the school invited the parents to apply for a freeship,” says Mathew C Ninan, director of the Little Rock Indian School.
Several parents whose children study here have lost their jobs, including those who work overseas, and many have lost their businesses, which is the main source of their livelihood, Ninan noted. The school has children who come from a distance of 25 km to the campus. Tuition fees are slightly higher compared to other educational institutions in the district, and Mathew says this is due to quality education and a central government pay scale for teachers.
Regarding the Freeship initiative, Ninan said it wasn’t difficult for management to make such a decision as it had previously taken a similar initiative – but on a small scale. Mathew explains that parents have been supporting the quality education facility for many years and the school administration thought it was the best time to stand by them. “After a discussion with employees and management, we introduced the program without a second thought. We expect that 10 percent of the entire student population will benefit from the offer. ”
The school has another initiative besides issuing concessions for children. Mathew says that if a lone breadwinner whose child is studying in school dies in an unfortunate circumstance, the school offers them free education for all years.
In the meantime, the school has also invited wealthy parents and their alumni to contribute a certain amount along with their children’s fees to the newly created For My Child’s Friend (FMCF).
From now on the contributions from these sections flow in and so far Rs 10 lakh have been collected. Mathew adds that a student who received the freeship a few years ago and is now working contributed Rs 1 lakh.