The Uttar Pradesh government has prohibited schools in the state from raising their school fees for the upcoming academic year 2021-2022.
The Uttar Pradesh government announced on Thursday, May 20, that there will be no increase in school fees across all boards in the state.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the decision was made and informed by Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma.
According to an official statement issued by the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, “many families are affected economically due to the covid-19 second wave and schools are physically closed while online classes are continuing, keeping in mind the government has taken a balanced decision so that the common man does not have to bear the extra load and schools could provide salaries to teachers and other staff.”
He adds, “schools can take fees in compliance with the provisions they had for the 2019-2020 session as the fees were not hiked the previous year also because of the same situation during the first wave.
“If parents are unable to pay three months’ advance fees, they should be given the option to pay monthly and should not be forced to pay one installment only,” says the deputy CM. “Activities such as computers, sports, science laboratory, library, and annual function fees should not be charged to students.”
Further, schools have been ordered to adjust the fees of a student whose parents are suffering from covid-19 to the following month’s fee on their return request. The Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has urged that payments to teachers and their staff be made on a regular basis.