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Implement HC order on school fee waiver: OPF

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Bhubaneswar Jan 11: The Odisha Parents’ Fbderation (OPF)Mondw welcomed the Orissa High Court’s decision on school fee waiver in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

 Briefing the media here Monday OPF chairman Basudev Bhatt urged the government to implement the Orissa High Court order wherein it has asked the Odisha government to take a decision on waiver of school fees on basis of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the private schools.

 Meanwhile, on the HC’s deci-sion of reduction in school fees, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said, “We are yet to receive the High Court order. We wffitake a decision once we get the order.

” Bhatt said, “The HC has con-firmed that all unaided private schools are under the control of the state government as per Odisha Education Act, 1969. As per the rule, the fee and charges should commensurate with the fa-cilities provided by the institu-tions. Fee should normally be charged under the heads pre-scribed by the Dept of School and Mass Education. No capita-tion fee for voluntary donations for graining admission in the school, or any other purpose should be charged/collected in the name of the school. In case of such malpractices, the govern-ment may take drastic action leading to withdrawal of NOC.” 

Earlier, the state government had informed the HC that the MoU was inked by all stake-holders regarding waiver of fees at private schools suitable for the parents whose income has been adversely affected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 The parents have agreed to the provisions under the MoU regarding the waiver of school fee. 

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