Don’t Increase School Fees for 2020-21, Reduce fees if facilities not used: Maharashtra Govt

Varsha Gaikwad
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Pune/Hingoli, May 10, 2020: In a major relief to parents, the Maharashtra government has issued an order directing all schools, junior colleges upto class 12th of all boards, not to increase fees for the new academic year 2020-21. Also, if some facilities have not been used due to lockdown, then the amount should be deducted. The parents should be given the option to pay the fee online. Also, schools should not ask parents to pay all fees of 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years, in one time. They should be given option monthly or three months, the government resolution (GR) stated.


Due to the lockdown, many people are starving as they are not earning due to shutdowns. Now a question is bothering parents of how to pay their children’s fees when the schools will reopen. Against this backdrop, a decision has been taken by the School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad to give relief to all. The minister has warned that action will be taken if private schools charge extra fees. Gaikwad, who is also the Hingoli District Guardian Minister, visited Hingoli district yesterday on the backdrop of COVID crisis.

Speaking to ABP Majha news channel, she said, “We will take action against private schools which charge higher fees from parents.” Also, the academic year falls on 15th June every year. The school is scheduled to start on June 15 this year. However, she said that a decision in this regard will be taken after assessing the current situation.

She also suggested that private schools should not increase fees and that schools should charge fees in installments in a way that is convenient for parents. She said the decision was taken by the department as the situation of the parents was critical due to Coronavirus outbreak lockdown this year.

Xth board result likely to be delayed
A paper of class Xth was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, the paper checking has not yet begun. Therefore, the result of the Xth board exam is expected to be delayed. To find a way out of this, teachers should be given to check the papers at home, it has been suggested. However, lockdowns can cause problems in delivering papers to many places, so the papers are still lying with the board, the minister said.


Maharashtra Government Resolution (GR) directing schools not to increase fees