Odisha announces relaxation in Tuition Fees of Private Schools

The Odisha government has announced a reduction of tuition fees in all aided and unaided private schools for the 2020-2021 academic session. This decision has been taken to ease the financial burden caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The School and Mass Education department, via a notification issued on Tuesday, said that the tuition fees will be reduced in seven different slabs.

As per the notification, there will be no waiver for schools charging upto Rs 6,000 per annum. Meanwhile, those charging between Rs 6,001 to Rs 12,000 will have to reduce the fee by 7.5 percent. Similarly, there will be a twelve percent reduction of tuition fees for those charging between Rs 12,001 and Rs 24,000 annually, a 15 percent reduction for those charging Rs 24,001 to Rs 48,000, 20 percent reduction in the Rs 48,001 to Rs 72,000 slab, 25 percent in the Rs 72,001 to Rs 1 lakh fees slab and 26 percent reduction in fees for those charging above Rs 1 lakh per annum.

Additionally, schools are not allowed to charge students for food and transport. However, a 30 percent waiver will be given on hostel fees, the notification said.

The much-needed action from the state government came based on a High Court directive which asked the government to reduce the fees in all aided and unaided private schools for the 2020-21 academic session. “We hope that the aided and unaided private schools will abide by the court order,” School and Mass Education minister SR Dash told reporters.

Earlier, several parents’ associations had also put pressure on the government by going to the High Court as the schools had refused to reduce the fees even as they remained shut for long periods to the pandemic.

Notably, CM Naveen Patnaik had earlier announced the waiver of examination fees of Class 10 students appearing the board examinations in 2021.

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