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Govt withdraws fee hike by unaided schools

Panaji: The directorate of education has withdrawn the fee hike by the unaided schools in the state, for the academic year 2020-21, as also waived off the activity fee and kept the transportation charges on hold.

A circular issued by director of education Vandana Rao on July 9 stated that the DoE has received several complaints/ calls as regards hike in fees without any prior notice, from several parents whose wards are going to unaided schools.

“The issue has been discussed by the directorate with the parents and school authorities of the unaided schools,” the circular maintains, adding that “Some of the unaided schools had taken the approval for fees structure, for the academic year 2020-21, from the directorate of education before and some of them after the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.”

“In order to maintain equality, the government has decided not to permit any fee hike for the academic year 2020-21, and roll back the hike permitted till date,” the circular informs.

“It is hereby instructed to the management of all the unaided primary/ secondary/ higher secondary schools in the state to not hike school fees for the academic year 2020-21,” the circular states, maintaining that “Therefore the fees charged from the students for the academic year 2020-21 should be same as the fees charged during the academic year 2019-20, if approved.”

“In case, any school had not got its fee structure approved for academic year 2019-20, they are to get the same approved from the directorate for 2020-21,” the circular directs, pointing out, “The unaided schools shall waive off the activity fee for the academic year 2020-21 in respect of all the students in the school and no transportation charges will be collected until the transportation actually commences.”

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