The COVID-19 crisis has been showing an immense impact across various sectors. Due to the outbreak of the perilous pandemic, the parents of thousands of students couldn’t pay the fees of private schools. Even, some of the private schools have increased the fees considering the nationwide lockdown for about 6 months. This issue of various private educational institutes imposing huge fees amid the pandemic is still pending in the Odisha Court. In this situation, the Department of School and Mass Education of Odisha has filed a report to the High Court asking fee waiver slabs up to 30 percent.
To resolve the fee hike matter, the High Court of Odisha suggested forming a joint committee. The committee comprises the Odisha Government, parents’ association, and representations of private schools. The Joint committee on Tuesday proposed a maximum fee waiver of 26 percent if the yearly fee is more than Rs. 1 lakh. The division bench comprises the Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice B R Sarangi. The joint committee has submitted a report regarding the issue to the bench.
After hearing on petitions of the joint committee, the bench reserved its verdict. The joint committee has proposed a total of 7 slabs comprising different rates of fee slash in the composite and tuition fees. As per the latest report, any private school or institute that hasn’t hiked fees consecutively for the last 2 years will not be included in this scheme.
One of the senior officials from the department said, ‘An MoU has been signed for the fee waiver by 14 members who have agreed for the waiver of fees at a flat rate. The waiver will only be applicable after the High Court’s decision.’ For a fee slab ranging between Rs. 6000 and Rs. 12000, a waiver of 7.5 percent has been proposed by the department. The remaining proposals include a 12 percent waiver for a fee slab between Rs. 12001 and 24000, 15 percent for Rs. 24001 and Rs. 48000, 20 percent waiver for Rs. 48001 and Rs. 72000.
The final proposals include 25 percent of waiver for a fee slab between Rs. 72001 and Rs. 100000 and 26 percent for fee charges above Rs. 100000. This last waiver is considered as the highest slab. In the case of residential schools, a 30 percent waiver has been proposed by the department on hostel fees. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational updates such as the exams, results, fee hike issues, and more.