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Hyderabad schools open heart and purse for Covid-19 orphans | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Often drawing flak for fee hikes, schools in Hyderabad are providing a healing touch by offering fee waivers to students who have lost one or both parents to Covid-19.
Many students have got a full fee waiver till the completion of Intermediate.
After losing her husband, who was a scientist at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, to Covid-19 in August last year, Sunitha Bathula was concerned about the education of her two sons.
“I don’t have any employment, and I even lost my parents in the last one year. Worried about who would pay the fees for my sons, I reached out to Hyderabad Public School (HPS), Ramanthapur administration, who readily waived off Rs 1.2 lakh and informed me that they’d take care of their education,” said Bathula, who has one son is Class IX and another in Class I.
HPS, Ramanthapur has extended such relief to eight other students who lost their parents in the past one year.
The situation was much the same for A Anwitha, a Class V student of Pallavi Model School. After her family paid Rs 23 lakh towards hospital bills for both her mother and her father for Covid-19 treatment, it was a struggle to pay school fees for the academic year 2020-21.
“After the child lost her father, the mother reached out to many seeking financial help to clear hospital bills. Later, paying the school fee emerged as a major challenge. Help came when the school administration waived off the fees for the child,” said Vamsi Priya, the student’s aunt.
Jubilee Hills Public School (JHPS) extended fee concessions, homeschooling option and waivers for those who were affected severely due to Covid-19. “We are extending a full fee waiver for children who are orphaned as long as they continue to seek education from our school. In some cases, where a parent has died, we have refunded the fees and have helped single parents wherever we could,” said Murli Mukund, chairman, JHPS.
Many other school managements have decided to extend relief to those who have lost a parent or both parents to Covid-19. “This waiver will be till Class IX in order to lend a supporting hand to the bereaved families during this time of the extended situation of trauma and grief,” read a letter issued by B Chandra Sekhar, administrator of Johnson Grammar School.
In Silver Oaks International School, more than 300 families who suffered personal loss or business loss have been extended relief through concessions, extended time to may payments or partial or full fee waivers.
Bhadruka Junior College for Girls has also announced free two-year intermediate education for eligible students orphaned due to Covid-19. “All the details on how to avail admission in this category will be furnished in the official website,” said Abhirama Krishna, director-general of the institution


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