A government order issued by an additional chief secretary (secondary education) Aradhana Shukla said if any school has charged hiked fee for the new session, the additional amount will be adjusted in the coming months. The fee applicable for academic sessions 2021-22 will be the same as followed by schools for the academic session 2019-20.
Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma who heads the secondary education in the state said many are grappling with reduced earnings due to the Covid-induced lockdown. “This is the government’s small effort in providing relief to parents who suffered pay cuts or had low business turnover due to the pandemic shutdown and are facing issues in paying the school fees,” Sharma said.
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The order directed schools to allow monthly payments to parents who fail to submit the quarterly fees at once. Since schools have been closed for a longer duration and examinations are not held in person, the school is forbidden to take levy fees charged for purposes such as examination, sports, science, library, computer, and annual function. In addition, schools are also barred to charge transport fees from the parents.
Schools have been asked to consider cases where parents fail to pay fee for a specific month after they or their ward get contracted to Covid. In such cases, schools must seek written requests from parents and that the unpaid fee is adjusted through installments in the next months. Also, schools must ensure that they release salaries to their teaching and non-teaching staff regularly. The district inspector of schools (DIOS) should ensure strict compliance, said the government.