New Delhi: In a huge alleviation to parents during the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi administration has cut the monthly fees charged by private schools by 15 percent.
As per reports, the Delhi government stated that private schools in the national capital can gather fees on a monthly basis with a 15 per cent reduction in lieu of facilities that could not be utilised by students during the shutdown period.
The government also stated that school management shall not stop a child from taking part in any proceeding activities or cancel his or her name if parents are not liable to pay the fee due to the current adversity.
“In order to clear the puzzle and give much-needed relaxation to parents, the Delhi government has declared an order to private schools to charge fees on a monthly basis under approved heads only but with a 15 per cent slice in the fees for academic year 2020-21,” the government said in a statement.
“To demonstrate, if the monthly fee of the school in FY 2020-21 is Rs 3,000, the schools are authorized to collect Rs 2,550 per month after a slash of 15 per cent. If the school has collected the fee more than the direction referred above, the same shall be repaid back to the parents or adjusted in the subsequent month of fee to the parents,” it added.
The Directorate of Education (DoE) noted that the instruction to deduct the fees by 15 per cent, as directed by Delhi High Court, has been implemented to prevent profiteering and commercialisation in times of COVID-19.
“This direction by the Delhi Government is significant to all the 460 schools who had requested the high court. The reduction of fees will be recess for all the students and parents during the time of COVID-19,” it said.
When a countrywide lockdown was declared last year considering the COVID-19 eruption, the Delhi government had instructed schools that no fee, except tuition fee, will be collected from parents during the lockdown period.
The tuition fees were to be gathered on a monthly basis as opposed to lump sums such as on a quarterly or annual basis. The directive had also stated that annual and development charges can be collected from parents on a proportionate basis only on a monthly basis after the lockdown is ended.