Waive off three months' fees: Deputy CM to private schools

New Delhi: Amid reports of private schools either asking parents to submit fees of their children or mulling to hike the fees for current session despite the Delhi government's order to provide relief to the parents during the lockdown period, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Friday warned schools not to make any such move.

The Deputy CM in a series of tweets in Hindi asked privates schools, "Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal has ordered that private schools in Delhi-won't raise fees without asking the government will not take a three-month fee, apart from a one-month tution fee. No child will be removed from the online class for" not giving the fee."

In another tweet he said, "It is the responsibility of all private schools to pay salaries of all teaching, non-teaching, contract or outsourced staff on time. These orders will be applicable to all private schools (including government lands or private lands)

It may be noted that the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM and other government functionary, on many occasions, have reiterated that no schools will either harass or ask for fees during the COVID crisis. "

"It has come to my notice that many schools are taking fees arbitrarily and charging transportation fees even when schools are closed. Private schools should not stoop to this level. Be it private or government schools, they cannot hike fees," the Deputy CM has said on many occasions earlier.

"If any parent is unable to pay the fee, students cannot be barred from attending online classes.

"Education and economy were worst affected by the COVID-19 crisis. We are taking online class and taking various steps to ensure education to the students of government school. if any private school is found violating the order, the Delhi government will take stern action under Epidemic Act and Education Act against violators," he had said.

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