A TOTAL of $40,000 in fees has been collected by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji since the beginning of school this week.
Sabha media relations officer Kamlesh Arya said they collected the money from some students owing school levies.
"Out of the established 5000 defaulters, around 500 have paid in the last three days," Mr Arya said.
"This is only 10 per cent of students owing school fees for terms one and two this year."
Mr Arya said the Sabha remained hopeful the rest of the fees would be cleared soon.
"Existing provision is that parents could pay in small instalments, but have failed to do so which has led to the accumulated arrears of $180,000.
"People are saying that our actions are victimising the students.
"On the contrary, parents themselves are victimising their children by not paying fees, by not honouring their signed undertakings and not coming to schools to sort the matter out.
"Management is not in a position to victimise the parents as they are not the consumers of the school facilities and provisions."
Mr Arya said the school levies for Sabha schools, also approved by the Education Ministry were $35 per term and $105 annually for a child.