One of Bahrain’s largest community school has decided to revise its fee structure for the new academic year 2019-2020. The Indian School Bahrain (ISB) had sent circulars to parents informing about the implementation of Phase two of the fee structure which has been approved by the Ministry of Education.

However, not many have welcomed this move which was discussed four years ago at the school’s annual general body meeting. The school’s parents association, called United Parents Panel (UPP), strongly echoed their opinion stating that the hike in the fees is not justifiable. The association claimed that teacher’s salaries have not been increased and that although after receiving strict instructions from the authorities, the school still applies it's ruling with regards to late fees.

Last year it was reported that the school faced a shortage of funds due to outstanding fees to the tune of BD350,000, it was claimed. More than 3,500 students had not paid their fees for the past four months, according to school officials.

“Out of the many challenges, we have inherited from the past, the financial and the working capital deficit have been a major one. The executive committee has left no stone unturned to manage the situation. The austerity measure initiated by the Executive Committee yielded the result to some extent to bring the overall expenditure under control” stated the school.

“However due to the exorbitant increase in various charges including water, electricity, LMRA, stationery and other consumables have added additional financial burden to the school” it stated.

The school clarified that the financial situation was discussed in the AGM held on 7th December 2018 and it was decided to implement the Phase two approved by the ministry.  The school also increased the transport fee by BD 1 owing to the operational loss it is facing.