Odisha’s 6700-odd private schools are set to reduce school fees for lockdown period, after a joint committee of state government officials, school authorities, and guardians have submitted a report to the Orissa High Court recommending a 26 percent reduction in school fees.
The committee’s recommendation came earlier this month following a suggestion from the Odisha High Court to call a joint meeting of parents, teachers, and private school representatives to the secretary of the state school and public education department and asked to do resolve the issue of fee hike.
According to the recommendation of the committee, there should be no fee deduction in schools charging fees up to Rs 6,000 per year.
While it suggested a 7.5 percent reduction for schools charging fees between Rs 6,000 and Rs 12,000, it was 15 percent and a 20 percent reduction in fees at the rate of Rs 24,000 to Rs 48,000 and Rs 48,000-72,000 per year in schools.
For educational organizations charging fees between Rs 72,000 and Rs 100,000, the committee recommended a 25 percent fee cut with a 26 percent deduction, which was charged at over Rs 100,000 per year.
Though, the Orissa High Court bench, which is hearing the matter, reserved its verdict after concluding the hearing.
The Odisha government in April asked private schools to reduce or postpone school fees from April to June to support parents whose earnings were adversely affected due to the lockdown. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had requested to the schools to sympathize with the school fees.