This time the state government took strict steps to solve the fee problem of private schools. The school education department has issued guidelines stating that the school authorities will not be able to charge any fees other than tuition fees. The school education department has said that strict action will be taken if the guidelines are not followed.
The guidelines state that transportation, computer labs, and library fees cannot be charged. No fees can be increased. Students cannot be excluded from online classes. If it is late to pay any tuition fee, it should be judged humanely. Fines should not be imposed.
Incidentally, they will not pay any fees other than tuition fees as the school is closed during the lockdown. Parents have been protesting in front of various private schools in the city for a long time. They also wrote letters to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Education Minister Perth Chatterjee. Both the Chief Minister and the Education Minister have petitioned the school authorities not to increase the fees.
But it did not work completely. At the request of Education Minister Perth Chatterjee, some schools have reduced the increased fees. But allegedly, a few schools have not yet decided on fee reductions. Some schools have also said that they will fine an amount if parents do not pay the fees within the stipulated time. A letter was recently sent to the Consumer Protection Department on behalf of the United Guardians Association, an organization of parents.
It is to be noted that even before this, the state government had repeatedly given the message to the private school authorities to be more humane. That didn’t work either. However, the state school education department has said that strict action will be taken against the schools if they do not follow the guidelines this time.