Maharashtra: School fees reduced by 15% in wake of COVID-19, says Varsha Gaikwad

The Maharashtra state cabinet has decided to reduce the school fees by 15%. Check details here.

Maharashtra: School fees reduced by 15% in wake of COVID-19, says Varsha Gaikwad
Shamshad Ali | Jul 29, 2021 - 11:02 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Maharashtra has decided to reduce the school fees by 15% for the current academic year. The state cabinet has taken this move in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was shared by state education minister Varsha Gaikwad on her official Twitter handle.
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“I am happy to inform that the cabinet has today decided to cut 15% school fees in the wake of the pandemic. My department was following this up consistently. I thank my cabinet colleagues for their support”, Varsha Gaikwad tweeted. She further added that a detailed order with modalities will be issued soon.

The Supreme Court had earlier directed the Maharashtra government to cut the school fees by 15%. Parents now will have to pay only 85% of the fees for the current academic year.

Schools in the state continue to remain shut due to the pandemic. Parents have been demanding the state government to reduce the school fees of their children. The decision to cut the school fees will give major relief to parents and children in these turbulent times.

Various media reports said the government will take strict action against those schools that do not adhere to the current fee structure decision. The government will issue a detailed order in this matter soon.

On July 15, the state government had allowed schools to resume offline classes for Classed 8 to 12 in the rural areas. Talking about the possibility of a third wave, Gaikwad had directed that all teachers and school staff must be vaccinated on a priority basis. She had also advised schools to strictly abide by the COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols.

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