Agartala: Tripura education department has served notice to 11 private and unaided schools for increasing the school fees and not complying with the government directives issued on May 6 last.
Speaking in a press conference, state education minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the education department had asked the management of all the 343 private and unaided schools not to hike the school fees during the lockdown period.
“The education department had received complaints against 11 schools for hiking school fees following which notices were served to these schools from the department,” Nath said.
He also said that the education department had issued letters to all 343 private and unaided schools after a meeting on May 4 last. The meeting, held at Sikha Bhawan on May 6 with the management of 16 private city-based schools, also decided not to hike the fees.
“Despite our request on numerous occasions and issuing government orders, several schools disregarded the order and hiked school fees amid protest from parents. So far the education department has served notice to 11 schools across the state” Nath added.
Speaking further, the minister also warned the management of the schools of facing strict disciplinary action if they hike the school fees ignoring the government orders.
“Not a single penny should be hiked by the private schools in Tripura during this lockdown situation due to the pandemic. Guardians and parents are already undergoing a serious situation. In the midst of all these, we cannot let any school hike their fees. Government will take action against them for violating the orders,” Nath said.
Tripura has a total of 343 private and unaided schools across eight districts in which around 5,628 teachers are imparting education to 1,23,667 students.
Earlier, the education minister said, “It would be wise on the part of the management of private schools in state if they waived off school fees during the pandemic.”