Gujarat govt announces 25% fee cut in private schools across all boards for current academic year

Parents who have already paid the entire year's fees are entitled to get a refund after adjusting 25% cut, said Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama

Press Trust of India October 01, 2020 15:53:31 IST
Gujarat govt announces 25% fee cut in private schools across all boards for current academic year

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Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Wednesday asked all private schools to take a 25 percent cut in annual school fees, in a relief to parents of school-going children hit by economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdown.

Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told reporters in Gandhinagar that school owners have agreed to collect 25 percent less fees from students during the current academic year.

The decision to give relief to parents of school-going children was taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, said Chudasama after the meet.

This decision is applicable to all schools affiliated with various boards, including the CBSE and international boards, he said.

Parents who have already paid the entire year's fees are entitled to get a refund after adjusting 25 percent cut, the minister said.

In another relief, Chudasama said since schools are not functioning physically due to the pandemic, they can not collect charges related to transport, library, computer, and sports activities.

"Earlier, school owners were ready to accept only 10 percent fee cut, while the government was insisting on 25 percent reduction.

"Now, we have decided to implement 25 percent fee cut and we are glad that schools have now agreed to it," said Chudasama.

Two weeks back, the Gujarat High Court had refused to intervene in the matter and asked the government to decide on school fee reduction.

While disposing of an application seeking the court's intervention on the fee issue, the high court had said the government can take an "independent decision" under the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act, which are in force in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In August, the high court had quashed a government order which prohibited private schools from collecting tuition fees until they reopened.

The court had also asked the government to sit with representatives of private schools and find an amicable solution to the fee issue.

But the government approached the high court earlier this month, saying no solution was found as the apex school association was not ready to cut tuition fee by 25 percent as proposed by the state, so the court should issue necessary directions.

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