New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday directed all schools, irrespective of their board affiliations, not to hike the fees for the academic session 2020-21 in the interest of the students and parents following the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma added that if any school has charged a hiked fee for the new session, the additional amount will be adjusted in the coming months.

"Following the unprecedented situation, which has emerged following the outbreak of COVID-19, all schools in the state have been directed not to hike fees. Due to the lockdown, there have been adverse impact on the employment of parents, and hence are facing difficulties in deposting the fee," Sharma told PTI.

"All the schools of all the boards in the state be it UP Madhayamik Shiksha Parishad (UP Secondary Education Board), CBSE, ICSE, International Baccalaureate and International General Certificate of Secondary Education should not hike the fee for the academic session 2020-21, and the fee of 2019-20 should be charged. If any school has charged hiked fee from the parents, then the same additional amount will be adjusted in the coming months," he added.

Sharma, who also holds the education portfolio, said that instructions were also issued to make provisions that parents be allowed to deposit fee on a monthly basis

The decision comes days after the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) directed schools not to ask for advance fees or charge transportation fees during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Parishad also directed schools not to cut names of students who fail to pay fee on time.

Several state governments have taken similar decisions and directed private and government schools not to demand advance fees from students during the lockdown phase.

In order to minimize the loss of studies, Teachers have began online classes for students via WhatsApp.


(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal