Gujarat Education Department: There is extremely positive news for all the parents in Gujarat who were reeling under the financial burden levied on them by private schools fees for online classes. As per the latest order by the Gujarat High Court, schools are not allowed to charge any fees when they are non-functional physically and are conducting only online classes. Check | NCERT Solutions | NCERT Solutions For Class 9th
This decision has prompted the Gujarat State Education Department to issue directions to the school management to return the online class fee levied by them on the students. Moreover, the schools have been instructed that they cannot collect any fees from the students until they re-open. Check | HBSE 12th Result 2020 Declared: Check Haryana 12th Result @bseh.org.in
Gujarat State Education Department: Circular Issued
The circular issued by the Gujarat State Education Department reads that “It has come to the notice of the government that even during the total lockdown in the state, many self-financed and private schools were forcing and demanding fees from parents while at the same time, slashing down salaries of their teachers and staff by 40 to 50 percent and some were not even paying them at all.” Check Also | HRD Minister Launches Manodarpan: Student Counselling Initiative to Help Kids Manage Stress Better
The circular further added that, “During such difficult times like Covid-19 situation, the noble profession of education is expected to support the students. Despite that, the self-financed schools confederation has refused to carry out any reduction in their fees. Looking at this, the government has decided that from the time schools were shut down due to Covid-19, till the time they resume, no school shall charge any fee from their students.”
Authorities to Monitor The Implementation of The Decision
The government has set-up a Fee Regulatory Committee which will be investigating the issue of expenses for the academics as well as the salary payment for the teachers. Then it would factor in all these issues and make a final decision regarding the fees for the next academic session. Check | NITI Aayog Atal Innovation Mission Launches App Development Module For School Students
While for now, the schools will not have to refund the fees in the form of cash to the parents, but the amount collected will have to be adjusted in the subsequent sessions. Moreover, an earlier order from the Gujarat High Court has specified that schools will not strike-off the name of any students from their rolls on account of non-payment of the fees.