To relieve students and their guardians, the Odisha government has announced that it will reduce tuition rates at all supported and unsupported private schools for the 2020-2021 academic session in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Schools and Mass Education said in a notice published Tuesday that the tuition reduction will be divided into seven different panels. While there is no exemption for schools that charge Rs 6,000 per year, those that charge between Rs 6,001 and Rs 12,001 reduce tuition fees by 7.5%.
Around 12% reduction for tuition fees between Rs 12,001 and 24,000 per year, 15% for fees between Rs 24,001 and 48,000, 20% for tuition fees between Rs 48,001 and 72,000, 25% for Rs 72,001 to Rs 72,000 fees and 26% for charges greater than Rs 1 lakh per year, according to the statement.
Other than that, schools cannot charge students for food and transportation. However, the ad indicates that 30% of the hostel fee will be waived.
The state government’s action was based on a Superior Court directive calling on the government to increase 2020-2021 tuition rates at all supported and unsupported private schools for the 2020-2021 academic session after the COVID pandemic. -19 reduce.
“We hope that the supported and unsupported private schools will comply with the court order,” Minister of Schools and Mass Education SR Dash told reporters.
Previously, several parent associations had approached the Superior Court after the state government and schools refused to cut tuition rates, even though schools remained closed due to the pandemic. In response to a public interest litigation (PIL), the state government told the Superior Court that it had no authority to regulate the fees set by private schools.
Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik announced earlier this month the elimination of exam fees for 10th graders who sit for board exams in 2021. The move would benefit six Lakh students. The government would pay 27 million rupees for the exemption, Patnaik said in a statement.