Govt instructs schools, colleges not to hike fees this year

Source: DHNS | Published on 3rd June 2020, 12:00 PM | Coastal News |

Dharwad:  Primary & Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar said, the government has issued clear instructions to all the schools and colleges in the State not to hike fees this academic year on humanitarian grounds.

Speaking to media persons in Dharwad on Tuesday, he said, the Covid-19 pandemic has badly affected the people of all classes. Under such circumstances, it would be like rubbing salt on wounds of the parents if the fees are hiked. Thereby, no schools and colleges can increase their fee structure this year, he said.

Even the schools have been directed not to collect fees till further orders, but some schools depend on fees to pay salaries to their staff. Hence, such schools have been told to accept fees from only well-to-do parents and this amount should be used only for payment of teachers, the minister clarified.

Help desks have been opened at BEOs offices and parents can approach the officials if any schools pressurises them to pay fees, he added.

On RTE seat fee reimbursement, the minister said, some private schools have approached the government asking to clear the RTE fee reimbursement pending since last two years. A sum of Rs 1,040 crore fee reimbursement is pending with the government. To protect the interest of such schools, the government is likely to release the first installment shortly, the minister said.

On appointment of PU lecturers, Suresh Kumar said, the notification to appoint new lecturers was issued in 2015, and in 2018 the examinations were conducted, and results have been announced in 2019. The process of verification of documents of the selected candidates has started, and the counselling would begin from June 18 before issuing appointment orders, he said.

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