The School Education and Sports Department of Government of Maharashtra, vide Govt. Resolution No. 2020/33/SM-6, dated 08.05.2020, directed that fees should not be hiked in schools in Maharashtra for the academic year 2020-2021.
While exercising the powers under the Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2011 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the State department issued the following directions:
- Parents should not be forced to pay the remaining fee of the academic year 2019-20 & the fee for 2020-21 in one go, they must be given monthly/quarterly payment options.
- There will be no hike in school fees for the academic year 2020-21.
- In case of any educational facilities going unused during lockdown, the Executive Committee of the Parent Teachers Association shall review and pass a resolution to lower the fees proportionately for academic year 2020-21.
- Parents should be provided with the option of paying fees online.
It has been stated in the resolution that the directions shall be applicable to all primary, middle, secondary, and higher secondary schools in Maharashtra irrespective of the board.
The order of the State Government shall provide considerable relief to parents who have been affected by the pandemic. Previously, the Gujarat state government had directed all school managements to not raise fees for the upcoming academic year and to allow parents to pay fees for the months of March, April and May 2020 in a staggered manner through monthly installments. The West Bengal government had also appealed schools to refrain from hiking in view of the Covid-19 triggered lockdown.
Revathi Murali |Abhay Nevagi & Associates, Advocates