IMPHAL: Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam has said that the orders issued by the Government regarding collection of tuition fees and salary of teachers should not be challenged by the private schools.
Talking to reporters on the sideline of launching a website www.mssd.in at his New Secretariat office, Minister Th Radheshyam said that private schools should not collect tuition fees from the students for the COVID-19 lockdown months but should pay salaries to the teachers.
Government of India had earlier issued guidelines directing concerned authorities not to initiate action against the employees who failed to attend office during lockdown days and not to deduct their salary. Private schools should not force or intimidate the parents to pay tuition fees for the lockdown months. However, government will not interfere if collection of fees is done under an agreement among school authority and the parents. Government had earlier sought details from the private schools regarding the enrolment of students and admission fee structures. Despite repeated directives, most private schools, except for a few, did not submit the details in defiance of the order, he said.
He said private schools should not blackmail the students and cause psychological harassment to them in any manner.
Government had earlier decided to pay salary for the teachers serving in private schools with less enrolment of students. But the decision cannot be implemented till date due to non-availability of detail statement from the private schools, he added.
One June 20, commissioner, education (S), T Ranjit 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 of 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.
The website www.mssd.in was developed for online data collection of skills/work experience of the Covid-19 returnees of the state.
Govt launches website for skill mapping of COVID-19 returnees of the state
Labour & Employment Minister, Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam on Saturday launched the website www.mssd.in at his New Secretariat Office Chamber. He said that the website has been developed for online data collection of skills/work experience of the COVID-19 returnees of the State.
The skill mapping exercise will be conducted by Manipur Society for Skill Development (MSSD) under the Department of Labour & Employment, Government of Manipur. The launching of the website was attended by the Additional Chief Secretary Labour & Employment, Shri Letkhogin Haokip, Additional Secretary Labour & Employment, Smt. Th. Chitra, Mission Director, Manipur Society for Skill Development, Smt. Kh. Diana Devi and officials concerned.
The Minister said that it is a crucial time for the state as challenges of economic downturn are being faced due to COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that the website will be focused towards skill mapping of the citizens of Manipur who have returned back to the state, after giving up their respective jobs, due to COVID-19 pandemic. He added that as per data of category wise returnees available, the returnees were earlier employed in different sectors such as restaurants/hotels, private companies, retail, health care, salon/parlours, BPOs, Airlines, private banks, among others.
He pointed out that the website will help in creating a database based on their skillsets and experience to tap into and fulfill demand of private companies of the state and the country. He added that it has put up a Skill Data Proforma to be filled up by the returnees of the state so that the collected information can be shared with the concerned stakeholders such as state government departments, empanelled Training Providers/ Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Facilitators etc.
Dr. Th. Radheshyam also appealed to the COVID-19 returnee citizens to fill up the online Skill Data registration form by visiting the website www.mssd.in and register their skill data. He expressed that the collected skill data will also facilitate government policy making through discussions with key stakeholders.
He said that the department is trying every effort to address the challenges faced by the migrant workers both due to migration and reverse migration and bridge the demand-supply gap. He further said that the government is committed to provide every possible support to COVID-19 returnees of the state and the challenges they are facing due to job losses.
Mention maybe made that recently on the 24th June 2020 a review meeting chaired by the Minister concerned for the Department of Labour, Employment and Manipur Society for Skill Development was held to discuss on feasible ways to fill up the labour gap in the state as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meeting he had emphasized that a database needs to be created so that the skilled or semi skilled and unskilled returnees are identified.
Replying to a query from the media persons regarding the current scenario in education sector due to COVID – 19, the Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam who is also the Minister of Education said that the career and future of the students cannot be compromised. He said considerations are underway for relaxation of the required paperwork / document in the transfer process for students to the educational institutions of state from other states. While appreciating the contributions of the private school in the state, the Minister appealed to furnish the information sought by the government to enable in solving the problems.
Further the minister stated that as per the Right to Education Act (RTE) no student upto the standard of VIII can be detained or failed whether examination is conducted or not and that all the students must be promoted. He also appealed not to bind the young children of classes upto Standard V in the online classes as the devices are addictive and harmful to the minor children.