New Delhi: In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has directed all schools in Uttar Pradesh not to hike the fees. Issuing an order, Rajesh Kumar, Special Secretary said that as COVID-19 has been announced as a disaster, and to combat the spread of the pandemic, a nationwide lockdown has been announced, due to which the income of many parents across the state also has been affected. Also Read - Local Containment Zones, Aggressive Testing And Correct Information Weapon Against COVID: PM Modi | Highlights
“It is ordered to all the schools of all boards in the state that there will be no hike in school fees for the 2020-21 session or any other kind of hike in admission charges,” he stated. Also Read - COVID-19: Reasons Why Mild Coronavirus Symptoms Can Suddenly Turn Severe
Furthermore, Kumar added that the schools need to follow the fee structure of 2019-20 session and if any school has collected hiked fees from the parents, then they need to adjust the amount in next month fee. Also Read - India Loses 270 Doctors in Second Wave of Coronavirus; 50 Deaths in 24 Hours
Earlier, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had announced that no school, private or government, will be allowed to increase fees during the lockdown period.
“We have got several complaints about schools hiking fees and also levying charges like transport fee, which is not even being utilised during the lockdown. No private school will be allowed to hike fees without seeking permission from the government. Schools also cannot charge beyond the tuition fee,” Sisodia had stated.
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal will hold a meeting with all the states education ministers today to discuss the situation academics amid the coronavirus lockdown.