All schools in Manipur told not to collect tuition fees for April-July amid Covid-19 outbreak

The government order also directed the schools not to hike admission fees for the session while collecting the same.

The department of education (schools), government of Manipur, has ordered all private schools and aided schools in the state not to collect tuition fees from students for the months of April to July.

“Fees, if already collected for these months by the schools, shall be adjusted with subsequent months in future,” said the order issued by commissioner, education (S), T Ranjit.

The order also directed the schools not to hike admission fees for the session while collecting the same.

Monthly school fees, including tuition fees, under any nomenclature up to March may be collected without hiking the amount, it said.

It may be mentioned here that the government ordered closing down of schools in view of COVID-19 pandemic on March 12.

Regarding the salary of staff, it urged for payment of 50 per cent of salaries for teaching as well as non-teaching staff for schools with student enrolment of 700 and below.

For schools with student enrolment of more than 700 students, it directed for paying the staff in full.

The education(S) department issued a circular on May 20 directing the private schools and other schools charging some fees to furnish a detailed statement on or before May 30.

In response, a representation was submitted by the United Association of Recognised Schools of Manipur (UARSoM) with a request to allow the private schools to furnish the desired information after the present Coronavirus crisis is over or at least after the quarantine centres set up in schools are closed down and sanitised, it said.

However, more than 800 schools from around 1,200 schools in the state have wilfully not submitted detailed statement despite extension of time by June 8 and assurance from the department to extend maximum cooperation in assessing the records, it pointed out.

While saying that a series of meetings have been held with various stakeholders, including those of private schools at the level of education minister, it urged for all the concerned school managements to ensure that the order is fully complied with.

“In the event of non-compliance by any school authority, the same may be reported to the department through email address manipur.education.s@gmail.com along with details and proof,” the order added. 

First Published:June 22, 2020, 5:04 p.m.