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Status quo to be maintained in school fees

Shillong, Jun 27: The government has directed all Heads and Managers of the educational institutions of Meghalaya to maintain status quo of all fees from the last academic session 2019-2020 for the year 2020-2021 in all institutions.
The order also states that schools not allowed to charge tuition fees from below poverty line (BPL) families or those directly impacted by the lockdown which led to the loss of their livelihood.
The schools that will come in the ambit of the order are Government Aided, Deficit and Deficit Pattern institutions for the months of March, April and May, 2020.
The order also states that there should be 50 percent reduction of school and college fees for children from below poverty line or those who lost their livelihood during the furlough period of lockdown studying in unaided or purely private institutions for the months of April and May, 2020.
Chief Secretary, M. S. Rao in his order also stated that no other fees must be collected except tuition fees in all institutions for the months of March, April and May, 2020 from all students and in cases where institutions have collected fees in advance the same may be adjusted in the subsequent months.
The order was issued after some private institutions have increased the fee in the academic session 2020-2021 without taking cognizance of the prevailing situation in view of the nationwide lockdown and despite the enforcement of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 for prevention and containment of COVID-19 and also without compliance of the mandatory provisions of Meghalaya School Education Act, Meghalaya Board of School Education, 1973.
Rao also said that some private institutions have started charging the fees from the students under various new heads in violation of the direction of the Supreme Court as well as the direction of the Directorate of Education.