Coronavirus: Assam government cuts private school fees by 50 percent

Guwahati, April 22: Assam government cuts private school fees by 50 percent. In the wake of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Assam government on Wednesday instructed all private schools of the state to reduce fees for the month of March by 50 percent.

Issuing an order by the Assam Secondary Education department said that, every educational institution established and run by an association of individuals or society or trusts etc to waive 50 percent of their monthly school/college fees exclusively meant for the month of April to the students studying any class from pre-primary to Class 12.

“The educational institutions who have already collected the fees meant for the month of April will adjust the concession in the next installment. During the present pandemic there can’t be any increase in school fees. There can’t be any curtailment in the salary of teaching and non-teaching staff,” the government order stated.

Assam Education Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that, if any educational institution is found violate the instructions, then the government will close down the institution under the Disaster Management Act.

“No school will be allowed to increase fees without prior approval of the government. At the same time, no private school will cut the salary of teachers and their staff,” Himanta Biswa Sarma.