Guwahati: Amid the ongoing closure of schools owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Manipur Education Department has directed all private and aided schools in the State not to collect fees from students for the months of April to July.
At the same time, the Education Department has also directed these schools not to hike admission fees for the academic session 2020-21.
The Government has also asked schools not to hike school fees, including fees under any nomenclature, up to March. The Government has also directed that fees if already collected for these months by the schools, shall be adjusted with subsequent months in future.
The Manipur Government has also instructed payment of 50 percent of salaries for staff with a student enrollment of 700 and below, while the full payment has been prescribed for the schools with a student enrolment of more than 700 students.
Manipur Education Minister Th. Radheshyam convened a press conference yesterday and appealed all schools and guardians to follow the government order regarding the Government's directions regarding the fee structure. Radheshyam also said that the practice of luring students by giving freebies such as laptops, tablets, and other monetary benefits by schools, is to be "condemned."
It needs mention here that Manipur reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 898, including 648 active cases.