Siliguri, 19th May: After several complaints emerged from guardians over fee hikes during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the state government recently issued a directive stating that the private schools cannot hike the school fees as it would be a burden on the guardians during such a crisis.
In this context, Minister Goutam Deb, on Tuesday, held a meeting along with all the private school authorities of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts. The District Magistrates of both the districts were present in the meeting.
While addressing the meeting, the Minister maintained that after the government notice was circulated, all schools refrained from hiking the school fees. Besides, the deadline for payment of fees has also been extended considering the difficulties being faced by the guardians, in paying the school's fees, during the ongoing lockdown.
Also, the guardians have demanded a waiver of bus fees during the lockdown. Concerning which, the Minister stated that he would discuss with Partha Chatterjee, the Minister for Education of West Bengal Government. It was further stated that the state government will be making a decision after interacting with the guardians as well as the school authorities.