The state education department of Uttarakhand has decided to withdraw complaints labelled against private schools for violating norms on payment of tuition fees during COVID-19. Officials from the department have announced about a new mandate which asks parents to clear their wards’ tuition fees. From now on, all the complaints will be registered on the basis of order dated June 22, 2020 and onward.
Allegedly, many private schools were previously pressurizing parents to submit tuition fees during the lockdown. This was done in violation of state government’s directive to not ask fees from parents. Parents were voluntarily paying fees on a monthly basis.
R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary, School Education Department had issued a new order which states private schools can charge fees for providing online classes. The decision comes “after evaluating all the parties- parents and school owners…”
“However, if a school is teaching extra subjects through online mode of teaching, then fee for such courses based on a previously set fee, can be charged above the tuition fee,” reads the order.
Private schools are, however, not allowed to impose a fee hike for the academic year 2020-21.
“If certain parents despite taking the benefit of online education are not able to pay the fee then they shall write to the school principal or the school’s managing committee, explaining why they are unable to pay the fee and seek extension of time for paying the fee. In such a situation, the school management will allow the parent to pay the fee in the extended time period, but in any condition whatsoever, the student will not be removed from the school,” the order further clarifies.