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School fees: Govt may soon ask private schools to slash it by 25%

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The state government is likely to decide on the school fee issue soon. Those in the know said the government is likely to ask private schools to reduce fee by 25%.

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Sources said Gujarat Board private schools are likely to agree to the 25% reduction in fee while those following the CBSE board may continue to create roadblocks.

Representatives of the parents association met education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Friday in the matter.

Congress says government backing privates schools on the fee issue

As the state government dilly-dallies on the issue of fees charged by private schools, the Congress has intensified its attack alleging that the state is hand-in-gloves with the owners of private schools. 

Leader of Opposition in the assembly Paresh Dhanani alleged that Gujarat government was in the hands of the fee mafia in the state.

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“The government is delaying the decision even though parents are hit by economic distress as it wants to please the school operators. The government had tried to pass the buck to the high court. But the high court clearly stated that the government has the power to decide on school fees and yet it is delaying the matter,” said Dhanani, a Congress leader.

He said the governments’ intention is clear as the state had in the assembly admitted that in the last two years it had closed 123 government schools and allowed 1,157 private schools to open. 

“The government is thus giving a green light to private schools to rob parents,” said Dhanani.

Developments in the school fees issue so far

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.

 

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