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Reschedule the last date for depositing the fees: Education Department

Reschedule the last date for depositing the fees: Education Department

Chandigarh, 20th May 2020: On the request of parents and keeping in view the situation due to COVID-19, Education Department, Chandigarh Administration directed all the recognized private un-aided schools to reschedule the last date for depositing the fees and funds for the session 2020-21 after one month of the lifting of lockdown. However, lock down was extended a number of times.  During the month of April and May, neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and NCT Delhi permitted the private schools to collect tuition fees on monthly basis.

Independent School Association and 07 other petitioners challenged order dated 30.03.2020 by filing CWP No. 7338 of 2020. The petitioners pleaded that, for the payment of salary and other expenses, the schools need to collect fees from the students. Hon’ble High Court passed interim order on 13.05.2020 and directed the administration to take appropriate call after hearing the petitioners.

Keeping in view the request of the petitioners, the orders issued by neighbouring States of Punjab and Haryana on similar issue and to mitigate the hardships of the parents and the welfare of school employees under the present circumstances, Chandigarh administration has reconsidered  the issue and has decided that :-

 

1. Schools can collect only tuition fees on monthly basis.

2. Parents can deposit fees of April & May 2020 till 31st May 2020 without any late fee.

3. Monthly fee from June onwards can be deposited by 15th of the month.

4. Schools have been directed to provide access of online classes to all students without any discrimination.

5. Schools have also been directed not to stop payment of monthly salary or reduce their total emoluments of teaching and non teaching staff of the school.

6. Schools have also been directed to ensure timely payment of salary to staff.

7. It has been emphasized that in case any parent is not in a position to deposit the fee in time due to financial hardships due to COVID crisis even then the name of the student will not be struck off and online teaching will also not be stopped.

 

However, the matter is still sub-judice and next date of hearing is 22-05-2020 in the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Department: 
Education Department