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Bhubaneswar; Jan 20: Ina major relief for students and their guardians, the state government has announced re-duction of tuition fees in all aided and unaided private schools for the 2020-2021 academic session in wake of the pre-vailing COVID-19 pandemic situation. Private schools have been asked to waive fees as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoD) entered September 10 last year.
The School and Mass Education Department in a notification issued Tuesday said that the tuition fee reduc-tion will be made in seven different slabs While there will be no waiver for schools charging 26,000 per annum, those charg-ing between !6,001 to !12,001 will reduce the tuition fee by 7.5 per cent.
Twelve per cent Suction for tuition fees between Z12,001 and !24, 000 annu-ally, 15 per cent for fees between !24,001 4 p4ty – fr ” \Ai ) I .11 ;4661114 to !48,000, 20 per cent for school tuition fees of 248,001 to r2,000, 25 per cent for r2,001 to n lakh fees and 26 per cent for fees above !1 lakh per annum, the no-tification said.
This apart, schools cannot charge students for food and transport Howeveg a 30 per cent waiver will be given on hos-tel fees, the notification said.
The state government action came based on a High Court directive which asked the government to reduce the fees in all aided and unaided private schools
for the 2020-21 academic session in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We hope that the aided and unaided private schools will abide by the court order,” School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash told re-porters.
Earlier, several parents’ associations had gone to the High Court after the state government and the schools re-fused to reduce the fees even as schools remained closed due to the pandemic. Responding to a Public Interest Litigation (P1), the state government bad informed the High Court that it had no power to regulate fees fixed by private schools.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ear-lier this month announced waiver of ex-amination fees of Class 10 students, who would appear at the board examinations in 2021. The decision would benefit six lakh students. The government would bear !27 crore towards the exemption, Patnaik had said in a statement.