The West Bengal government has sought a fresh compliance report on fee structures of schools within a week. Schools are directed not to impose a fee hike or exclude students from online classes. In the third letter framed by the state, all the schools are urged to respond back immediately after a few failed to take action receiving the first two letters.
Manish Jain, School Education Secretary, has written to the Centre appealing for an advisory on the matter of tuition fees. “This month, we sent a similar letter to the government-sponsored schools after some complaints,” commented an official.
In the third letter, Jain has specified to exclude charging for transport, computer lab, library, sports and other extra-curricular activities. Schools are directed to levy appropriate charges only against the services offered.
“We have mentioned that no student is being barred from attending online classes due to non-payment of fees. We have also not hiked fees. We have rather rolled back fee on all accounts over the 2019-20 fee structure,” commented Principal of Central Modern School, Baranagar, Kolkata.
A spokesperson for South Point School, West Bengal, remarked, “We shall send the report again. We have told parents that we shall levy a 50 percent of the bus services charges till school resumes. We have not barred students from online classes over non-payment of fees.”
A few other private schools reported on not receiving the circular from the state government at all.