The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, May 14
Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla, while giving a big relief to parents of the state, said that only those schools which are imparting online education will be allowed to charge an only tuition fee for lockdown period and admission fees, uniform or any other charges in any form will not be charged from the students. He added that the school managements should also refrain themselves from increasing the fee or any other charges during academic session 2020-21 in view of the nationwide disaster.
Singla said that economical activities have reduced to the minimal extent due to the countrywide curfew, hence there is dire need to provide relief to the parents of the students.
“We have passed an order mandating the schools to charge just tuition fees during the lockdown period”, he said, adding that the government order clearly states that only those schools, who are conducting online classes, will be eligible of charging only tuition fee from students. Schools that are not conducting online classes cannot be able to charge any fee or fund,” he asserted.
“This order has been passed complying with the guidelines of the Delhi High Court judgment with the sole aim of giving relief to the students and their parents. The concerned DEO will ensure that beyond tuition fee, no school should charge any transport fee, mess charges, building charges and any additional charge,” he said.
He also directed that no school can expel any student, if he fails to pay tuition fees in time or gets it delayed due to any reason. He added that the livelihood of many parents has been affected severely due to the pandemic and school managements should also stand by them in this tough time. “We have also provisioned that parents can pay tuition fees for their children on monthly basis instead of quarterly basis so that parents of the students are not burdened with the amount,” he added.
Protecting the rights of the employees, the Minister also instructed that schools can neither stop nor reduce the salaries of their teachers and other employees under any circumstances. Besides this, schools managements have also been instructed that they cannot shunt out its employee on the pretext of lockdown and low affair of financial activities. “Strict action will be taken against all those schools, which will either stop or reduce the salaries of the teachers and employees,” Singla said.