No fees, no online education: Gujarat govt’s diktat makes private schools unhappy

GUJARAT: Private schools here have cancelled online classes indefinitely after the Gujarat Government forbade them from collecting fees until the schools reopen.

E​arlier, the Gujarat State Government issued a circular to self-financed schools stating that tuition fees should not be collected till they are closed. Additionally, they have asked private schools not to hike the fees for the academic year 2020-21.

Earlier, the Gujarat State Government issued a circular to self-financed schools stating that tuition fees should not be collected till they are closed. Additionally, they have asked private schools not to hike the fees for the academic year 2020-21.

Private school union Self-Financed School Management Association ordered its member schools to halt online classes indefinitely.

The union’s president, Dipak Rajyaguru said that almost all self-financed schools in the state are refraining from conducting online classes. “Online education will remain suspended until the government withdraws that notification,” he added.

Most of the schools informed the parents through SMS on Wednesday 22 July that they are suspending online classes due to the government’s diktat.

In fact, Rajyaguru said that the private schools are planning to approach the Gujarat High Court against the state government’s decision.

Jatin Bharad a member of this union said, “If we adhere to the state notification, it will be impossible for us to pay salaries and run the school. Thus, we have decided to suspend the online classes.” 

He added that there isn’t any alternative to online classes in the present situation

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