The Government of Odisha has announced a diminution of tuition fees across various aided and unaided private schools for the ongoing academic session 2020-21 considering the COVID-19 pandemic situation. It’s a great relief to the students and the parents with the government’s decision. The School and Mass Education Department issued an official notification on 19th January 2021 i.e., on Tuesday. As per the notification, it has reduced the tuition fee and it will be implemented in 7 different slabs.
No waiver will be given for the schools that charge Rs. 6001 per annum. The reduction will be implemented only for the schools that charge a tuition fee between Rs. 6001 and Rs. 12001. About 7.5 percent of the tuition fee will be diminished, as per the notification. For the tuition fees between Rs. 12001 and Rs. 24000, about 12 percent of it will be reduced annually. A 15 percent of the fees will be reduced between Rs. 24001 and Rs. 48000, 20 percent of the tuition fees will be deducted between Rs. 48001 and Rs. 72000.
A 25 percent of the school tuition fees will be reduced if the fee is between Rs. 72001 to Rs. 1 lakh and 26 percent will be reduced from the tuition fees that charge Rs. 1 lakh per annum, states the notification. Besides this, the schools cannot levy any sort of fees on the students for food and transport, as said in the notification. Still, 30 percent will also be reduced on hostel fees, clarified the notification. The state government of Odisha came into action with this notification after receiving High Court’s order on reducing the fees in all aided and unaided private schools for the current academic year 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SR Dash, the School, and Mass Education Minister said, ‘We hope that the aided and unaided private schools will abide by the court order.’ Previously, a plethora of parents’ associations had appealed to the High Court after the state government and private schools declined to diminish the fees even the schools remained shut amid the pandemic. However, the state government responded to a Public Interest Litigation [PIL] and informed the High Court that it had no authority to govern fees that were fixed by private schools.
Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha had announced earlier this month regarding the waiver of exam fees for 10th class students who would take up the board exams in 2021. This particular decision made by the government would help more than 6 lakh students in the state. Patnaik said in a statement that the government would endure Rs. 27 crores towards the fee exemption. For the latest educational news such as the exams, results and more, stay in touch with our website.