Private Schools May Reduce Fee By 30% For COVID-19 Lockdown Period

SRINAGAR: In a major relief to parents, the Jammu and Kashmir Government is likely to ask all private schools to reduce the tuition fees of students by 30 per cent in view of the closure of the schools due to the COVID lockdown for seven months (from March to September).

This is being done against the backdrop of the growing demands of parents for waiving the tuition fees for the lockdown period.

“In view of the recent judgments of High Courts of Madras and Rajasthan, the government may direct private schools to reduce the tuition fees of students by 30% in view of the closure of schools due to the lockdown from March to September 2020; views of parents & management solicited,” Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary, School Education, announced on Twitter.

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There are more than 5,000 private schools in the Jammu and Kashmir. Of these, 2,276 are in the Jammu division.

The move has come in the wake of the new guidelines issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of India, regarding the partial resumption of activities in schools on a voluntary basis, reported The Tribune.

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