Kohima: The Northern Angami Students’ Union (NASU), through a written representation addressed to the principal director of school education, on Monday urged the Nagaland government to waive off school fees for unaided recognised private institutions in the state.

This is one of the four-point ‘charter of representation’ made by the students’ body in its representation submitted to Nagaland chief secretary J Alam.

As it acknowledged the selfless service rendered by the staff and management of all institutions, it urged the state government to pass an order directing all unaided recognised private institutions to waive off a certain per cent of the tuition fees for unutilised facilities until the resumption of formal or physical classes.

The student body also urged the institutions/schools not to debar students from attending exams and online classes on account of non-payment of fees, arrears or outstanding fees.

Another point that NASU sought from the state government is for institutions/schools to not withhold results of examinations of any student on account of non-payment of fees, arrears or outstanding fees.

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Further, it also said that the institutions/schools should consider requests made by parents of the students who are finding it difficult to remit annual fees due to financial/economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

The students’ body submitted the representation highlighting that the student community is also going through “extraordinary difficult circumstances” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NASU also cited instances how states across the country, including the neighboring state of Assam passed an order directing all non-government institutions to waive off 25% of the monthly fees for students.

In this regard, the apex student body of the Northern Angamis, urged the state government to consider its “charter of representation” for implementation across the state.

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