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School fees: Govt may make a big announcement on Wednesday

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The Gujarat government may make a big announcement as far as reduction in school fees of private schools in the state is concerned.

The announcement may come after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. 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.

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

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.

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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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