Private schools in JK may be directed to reduce tuition fees of students by 30%, says Asgar Samoon

Srinagar: Amid the COVID pandemic claiming the lakhs of lives so far, the administration of Jammu and Kashmir may direct private schools to reduce tuition fees of students by 30% as the schools were shut since March due to the lockdown.

The hint about the reduction of the fee was given by JK’s Principal Secretary School Education and Skill Development Dr Asgar Samoon, after he tweeted: “in view of recent judgements of High courts of Madras & Rajasthan; Govt may direct private schools to reduce tuition fees of students by 30% in view of closure of schools due to covid 19 lockdown for March to Sept 2020; views of parents & management solicited.”

Earlier in a major step, the High Court (HC) in Rajasthan directed private schools to collect only 70% tuition fees from students in three installments and the move were seen as major relief amid the deadly Coronavirus outbreak

“The said 70 percent of the tuition fees shall be paid for the period from March 2020 in three instalments to the respective schools. However, it is being made clear that on non-payment of the said fees the student(s) may not be allowed to join online classes, but shall not be expelled from the school. The three instalments shall be fixed by depositing the first instalment on or before September 30, while the second instalment shall be paid by November 30 and the third by January 31, 2021,” the Rajsthan court had mentioned in an order.

Earlier, the High Court of Madras as an interim measure allowed the schools to collect an advance fee of 40% from students before August 31. The Court further ordered that the remaining 35% of the fee (minus 40% advance) shall be collected within two months from the date of reopening of institutions and commencement of physical classes.


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