Govt asks Private and Aided Schools not to collect tuition fees for April to July

Govt asks Private and Aided Schools not to collect tuition fees for April to July

Teaching and non-teaching staffs to get salary

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Education Minister Th Radheshyam has asked all the all private schools and Aided schools in the state not to collect tuition fees from students for the months of April to July, 2020.

Commissioner, education (S), T Ranjit has issued an order to this effect on June 20 directing all private schools and aided schools in the state not to collect tuition fees from students for the months of April to July.

Addressing reporters at SSA office Babupara, Minister Th Radheshyam said that there are nearly 1,200 private schools which are playing a vital role in providing quality education to the young minds. Enrolment in private schools is higher than the Government schools though schools have remained closed for months due to COVID-19 lockdown and some important issues pertaining the low learning level of the students, whether salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff in private schools will be paid or not and payment of fees during the lockdown months etc. have arisen out, he stated. Government has attempted to take some decision after series of the consultation with the Private Schools, the Education Minister stated.

According to the decision, Government has directed the Private schools not to hike fees for the year 2020-2021 while schools can collect admission fees and tuition fees upto March 2020 without revision but should not collect tuition fees for the months of April to July. Government on June 20 had issued an order regarding this, he said.

Taking serious note some prominent Private schools that closed online admission, the Minister also directed the Private schools to extend the date of online admission so that the rights of the students are not violated.

He also cautioned the private schools against luring the talented students by offering some amount or gifts.

Meanwhile, Commissioner, education (S), T Ranjit has issued an order directing all private schools and aided schools in the state not to collect tuition fees from students for the months of April to July.

According to the orders, schools with enrollment less than 200 students and 200 to 700 should pay 50 percent salaries of the teaching and non teaching staff while schools with enrolment above 700 should pay full salaries. 

 However, schools should not collect tuition fees from April to July. Fees, if already collected for these months by the schools, shall be adjusted with subsequent months in future. Monthly school fees, including tuition fees, under any nomenclature up to March may be collected without hiking the amount, it said.

Notably, the government ordered closing down of schools in view of COVID-19 pandemic on March 12 thereby affecting the academic calendar greatly and creating lots of apprehension, anxieties to the students as well as to teachers, non-teaching staff, parents, guardians, transporters, etc.

Private Schools have contributed towards providing School Education to the Students of the State for the past few decades and the role of the teachers in these schools are paramount. On receipt of some representations regarding collection of fees by the Schools and payment of salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff by the school authorities during the period the schools remain closed; a Circular dated 20-05-2020 was issued by Education-S Department directing the Private Schools and other Schools charging some fees to furnish a detailed statement in a prescribed format on or before 30th May, 2020. In response to the above Circular dated 20-05-2020; a representation dated 29-052020 has been submitted to the Education-S Department by the Convener, United Association of Recognised Schools of Manipur (UARSoM) with a request to allow the Private Schools to furnish the desired information after the present Corona virus crisis is over or at least after the Quarantine Centres set up in the Schools are closed down and sanitized. The problems highlighted therein are that the School Authorities cannot go inside the Schools to take out the relevant information and documents.

After a thorough examination of the aforesaid representation dated 29-05-2020, the concerned School Authorities were allowed to submit the desired information latest by 8th June, 2020 by giving them extension of time for submission of the desired information vide this Department letter dated 30-05-2020; wherein it was also emphasized that if the School Authorities find any difficulty in accessing the records/documents kept in the School Buildings (which are now used as Quarantine Centres); the State Education Department will extend maximum co-operation with all concemed authorities to enable the School Authorities to access the records.

Despite the assurance, none of the Private Schools had approached the Education-S Department for any assistance. Rather, the above Association has submitted a subsequent representation dated 06-06-2020, requesting again to review the time frame (dateline) for furnishing of the information. The request made in this representation dated 06-06-2020 has also been disposed of and rejected vide this Department’s letter dated 08-06-2020. That is, sufficient opportunity of being heard had been given to all concerned Private Schools Authorities through the Association, it added.

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