BPL families exempted from paying tuition fees in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Jun 27 | Publish Date: 6/27/2020 10:59:49 AM IST

The Meghalaya government has directed all heads and managers of educational institutions to maintain status quo of all fees from the last academic session 2019-2020 for 2020-2021 in all educational institutions.

“No tuition  fees  should  be collected  from  the  below  poverty  line (BPL)  families or those directly impacted by the lockdown which led to the loss of their  livelihood  in  government,   government  aided,  deficit  and  deficit pattern institutions for the months of March, April and May, 2020,” Chief Secretary M.S.Rao stated in his order.

Rao, who is also Chairman, State Executive Committee, State Disaster Management Authority, ordered a 50 per cent 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.

“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 reads.

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.

In another order, the Chief Secretary has directed government, government-aided and  privately  owned  hostels  in the State  to cease  and  desist  from  charging rent from students  during the period of the lockdown  beginning  from April 2020 till further orders.

The order also states that hostel fees exemption is applicable only to students who are not using the hostel facilities.

“If any proprietor is found violating the directions, they shall be liable for action under the provisions of Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and under the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and regulations framed there under,” he said.

The Chief Secretary also directed all deputy  commissioners  and  Superintendents of Police to be personally liable for  the  strict  implementation  of  these  directions.


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