New Delhi: The Delhi Directorate of Education has issued a new order to private schools not to charge any fee other than tuition fees. Keeping in mind the status of Covid-19, the Education Department has instructed private-aided schools to take only tuition fees during the period of Covid-19. Charges will not be charged under lockdown and any other items.
However, it has also been directed that the annual and development fee can be charged proportionately every month after the end of lockdown. Earlier, on April 18, the Delhi government gave one such instruction. Now, with the latest order of the Delhi government, private schools have been directed to maintain the status quo.
Only tuition fees have to be deposited in the school
The Delhi government’s directorate of education issued an order saying, “Students of private-aided, accredited schools are not required to pay any fee in addition to tuition fees during the lockdown period. Annual and development charges may be levied but they can be taken only every month after completion of the lockdown period. No fees will be charged from parents during school opening, such as transportation fees etc. In any case, schools will not demand transportation fees from parents or students. Fees will be collected only monthly.”
Online classes will continue now The Education Department said in the order, no fee will be increased in the academic session 2020-21. The Director of School Education running on land owned by DDA or another government land will get approval before any fee increase. Schools will provide online education materials or classes to all students without discrimination. Schools will have to provide ID and password for online teaching material to the students.
Schools will have to pay a monthly salary on time to Non-teaching employees
The order also directed that the principal of the schools shall in no case deprive the parents of ID and password of the students who are unable to pay the school fees due to financial crisis. The managing committee of the school or school heads will not incur an additional financial burden by creating a new head of fee. In the name of non-availability of school funds, the monthly salary of teaching and non-teaching staff of the school will not be stopped.
Action will be taken against schools that increase fees The order also said that many complaints were being received not only from the parents of the students but also from others, alleging that many private non-accredited schools in Delhi had annual fees, development fees and Many other items have started charging under. According to the Directorate of Education, such work of schools is a clear violation of the instructions. It is an inhumane act on their part to keep in view the epidemic situation and to keep schools closed for a long time. The Delhi government will take strict action against such schools.