Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Wednesday announced a 25% reduction in school fees of private schools in Gujarat.
He made the announcement at a press conference held in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Chudasama also clarified that apart from the school fees no other fees can be charged by schools.
He said parents who have already paid the fee can adjust it for the subsequent quarterly fees.
The 25% discount on school fees is applicable for the fees of the entire year. This will also apply to schools that follow the Gujarat board as well all other boards.
In case the parents have paid the fees for the entire year, the rest will have to be refunded.
On Tuesday education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama had met the representatives of parents’ association as well as those of private schools.
Earlier the Congress had intensified its attack on the government alleging that the state is hand-in-gloves with the owners of private schools.
What is the school fees issue?
Earlier the government had come out with a notification stating that private schools cannot charge fees until physical classes resume. The private schools association challenged the matter in the high court and the HC set aside the notification.
It then asked the government to discuss with the schools and agree on a mutually beneficial solution. The state then proposed a 25% reduction in fees but the private schools refused stating they were open to 1% to 100% fee reduction but on a case-to-case basis.
The government then moved the HC stating that private schools were not agreeing to what the state proposed.
The court dismissed the matter and directed the government stating that it had all the powers to decide on the school fees issue.
Schools in the state have been shut down for six months now. Some schools have started online classes while others have not.
Private schools have argued that they have to pay salaries of their staff and hence the school fees is the only way to fund the same. The parents have argued that while schools demanded entire fee, they have slashed the salaries of teachers and staff.
The parents further argue that since schools have been shut down for six months there is no justification in charging them transportation and recreational and other fees.
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