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Kohima: With schools remaining closed in Nagaland due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) said that the private schools in the state have assured to consider selective fee waiver — on a case-to-case basis — for students who belongs to the “lower strata of the economic set-up”.

The NSF through a press note informed that a joint meeting was held with the All Nagaland Private Schools Association (ANPSA) on Monday where they deliberated on the issues related to it.

Issued by Liremo R Kikon, general secretary, and Kegwhayhun Tep, secretary education, it said that the students’ body had requested the ANPSA officials to consider selective fee waiver for students whose parents fall within the lower strata of the economic set-up, particularly those of the daily wage earners and employees of private establishments as their means of livelihood are deeply affected by the lockdown.

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“The ANPSA officials assured the NSF that they will consider the fee waiver on a case-to-case basis and encouraged the parents who are facing difficulties in clearing their ward’s school fees to come forward along with the students and avail the same,” it said.

It said that the NSF also raised the concern of private teachers who are facing lots of hardships due to non-payment of salaries by the school authorities.

“Having come to a logical understand on the various issues confronting the students and the teaching community, the NSF appeals those parents who can well afford to pay the school fees to come forward and pay the fees on time inorder for the schools to carry forth its duty of imparting education in a judicious manner,” it added.

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