Gandhinagar, Oct 1: With an aim to assist the students financially amid the corona crisis, the Gujarat government has decided to provide a 25 percent reduction in fees in all private schools in the state.
"Keeping in mind the guardians’ widespread representations, Gujarat Government decided to provide a 25 per cent rebate in fees in all private schools, including Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate Secondary Education (ICSE), ISC (Indian School Certificate), International Baccalaureate (IB), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Cambridge University in the larger interest of the people," the state government said in a press release on Wednesday.
This decision was taken after discussions with parents associations and school management across the state. "The Council of Ministers took into consideration a series of government meetings with both school management and parents associations in the light of Gujarat High Court directives and rulings in the matter. And both parties agreed with the State Government," it quoted Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma as saying.
The minister also thanked schools for agreeing to provide a 25 percent reduction in fees. He further urged both the parties to work in the interest of the students and observed that there must be no animosity between the two, the release added. According to it, he also urged guardians to deposit 50 percent of their wards’ fees by October 31. It added that those who had paid full fees will be compensated.
Further, the state government has instructed the private school administrators not to dismiss any teacher in the wake of complaints of dismissal or non-payment of salaries as a result of the fee cut. Responding to the demand of a 100 percent fee waiver by the opposition Congress, the education minister said that Congress should show an example of a 100 percent fee waiver in any Congress-ruled state.