The Gujarat government has also dug its heels in the matter of school fees of self-financed schools in the state.
It has announced that the state will provide online education for class 3 to 12 of students of these schools for free.
The move comes after self-financed schools in Gujarat stopped online classes from Thursday to protest the education department’s notification stating that they cannot charge a fee until schools reopen.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said the state government has decided to provide online classes for class 3 to 12 students of self-financed schools.
Chudasama in a release said that the government cannot be a mute witness to the arm twisting by self-financed schools.
He said the government will step in to ensure that the education of students is not affected.
The free of cost online classes for students will be available for both English and Gujarati medium students in the state.
Bhupendrasinh Chudasama also discussed with GCERT and GSHSEB officials.
He has also asked the officials to work in this direction.
He said since the lockdown began, the state has been providing classes for class 3 to 12 students of Gujarati medium through Vande Gujarat channel via BISAG and DD Girnar and Youtube channels too.
He said the government will not put the future of students at stake because the self-financed schools decided not to offer online classes.
What the notification said
- The education department in Gujarat in a notification said schools cannot charge tuition fees from students for the period they remained closed.
- The period includes the time the schools remained shut up to the time they reopen and begin functioning.
- The education department in a release said that self-financed schools also cannot increase the fee on their own.
- It said actual teaching and non-teaching expenses incurred by the school during lockdown will be considered by the Fee Regulatory Committee.
- This expense will be considered by the committee while deciding the fee for the upcoming year for the schools.
- The education department said in case advance fee was paid, schools need to adjust it against the rest of the fee for the year.
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