Monday, 18 October 2021

Maharashtra Govt Slash 15 percent fee in private school

Maharashtra Govt Slash 15 percent fee in private school

o provide relief to students and parents, the state government decided to issue directives to all private schools affiliated with all the boards to reduce the fees by 15 percent during the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Minister for school education Varsha Gaikwad, after the state cabinet meeting, briefing to media, said,

“The state cabinet decided to issue a notification regarding 15 per cent reduction of school fees which will be applicable to across all education boards and the notification will be issued in the next two days.”

She added that the decision would be enforced for the current academic year 2021-22.

She added that the decision was taken based on the Supreme Court (SC) order in the Rajasthan case.

In May first week, in its verdict in a Rajasthan matter, the SC asked private education institutions to reduce fees by 15 percent. Their expenditure has come down with various facilities provided on campus remaining closed.

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The court also pointed that the schools do not exclude or stop any student from attending either online classes or physical classes on account of non-payment of fees, arrears, or outstanding fees.

Minister further said that parents who have not paid fees yet would get a discount of 15 percent while paying, and the state will clarify parents who have already paid the fees. She hopes that no school will attempt to increase the prices by 15 percent, as the orders were issued last year, not to increase school fees.

She pointed out that it will be mandatory for all schools to follow the state directives and warned that strict steps must be taken if schools do not follow the orders.

The education department received lots of complaints about the conflict between private schools and parents on schools overcharging fees for extracurricular activities such as libraries, sports, and school bus facilities without providing facilities.

Meanwhile, a key committee, the Divisional Fee Regulatory Committee (DFRC), was not operational for over a year. Parents and schools clashed over fees before public representatives, education officials, and even the judiciary.

The SC last week came to the rescue of parents in the state-directed Maharashtra government to consider its May judgment to Rajasthan schools to collect 15% reduced fees.

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