Odisha govt announces reduction in tuition fee in all aided, unaided private schools

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In a significant aid for college students and their guardians, Odisha authorities has introduced a reduction of tuition charges in all aided and unaided private schools for the 2020-2021 educational session in wake of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic scenario.

The School and Mass Education division in a notification issued on Tuesday stated that the tuition fee reduction can be made in seven completely different slabs. While there can be no waiver for schools charging Rs 6,000 each year, these charging between Rs 6,001 to Rs 12,001 will scale back the tuition fee by 7.5 per cent.

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Twelve per cent reduction for tuition charges between Rs 12,001 and Rs 24, 000 yearly, 15 per cent for charges between Rs 24,001 to Rs 48,000, 20 per cent for college tuition charges of Rs 48,001 to Rs 72,000, 25 per cent for Rs 72,001 to Rs 1 lakh charges and 26 per cent for charges above Rs 1 lakh each year, the notification stated.

This aside, schools can’t cost college students for meals and transport. However, a 30 per cent waiver can be given on hostel charges, the notification stated.

The state authorities motion got here primarily based on a High Court directive which requested the federal government to scale back the charges in all aided and unaided private schools for the 2020-21 educational session in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We hope that the aided and unaided private schools will abide by the court order,” School and Mass Education minister SR Dash informed reporters.

Earlier, a number of dad and mom’ associations had gone to the High Court after the state authorities and the schools refused to scale back the charges whilst schools remained closed because of the pandemic. Responding to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the state authorities had knowledgeable the High Court that it had no energy to manage charges mounted by private schools.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier this month introduced waiver of examination charges of Class 10 college students, who would seem on the board examinations in 2021. The resolution would profit six lakh college students. The authorities would bear Rs 27 crore in the direction of the exemption, Patnaik had stated in a press release.

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