• Parents whose income has been affected by COVID-19 can approach concerned school or directorate
• File complaints on 6006800068, schedujammu.nic.in/samadhan
The government Monday said the schools should not charge students any other fee other than the monthly tuition fee during the time schools remains closed due to COVID-19.
“For the information of all parents, it is again clarified that the government has already given a major relief by providing for monthly tuition fee only. No other fee is to be charged by any private school during the closure of schools. However, if any parent is unable to pay even the monthly tuition fee due to stoppage of salary or income, the concerned school or the directorate can be approached so that his or her case is considered sympathetically on merit,” it said.
The Directorate of School Education, Jammu (DSEJ) communiqué advised the parents to go through the advisory dated 19 May 2020 issued by this directorate which clarifies all issues related to school fee, books, and online education.
“Parents are requested to organise themselves in school specific associations as explained in the advisory so that the genuine issues of each parent can be addressed properly in a democratic manner. The directorate shall also organise webinars for having direct interaction with parents. Therefore, they are requested to avoid getting mislead by mischievous elements,” it said.
Any parent having any complaint can call on the helpline number 6006800068 or can register a formal complaint on schedujammu.nic.in/samadhan.
Meanwhile, the DSEJ has appealed the parents of students of private schools not to get mislead by the self-styled leaders of an unregistered organisation called ‘Parents Association’.
“This association has not been constituted under the relevant provisions of the J&K School Education Act and or the Right to Education Act. There are FIRs against the so-called chairman of the association for blackmailing. The reports have also been received that he is extorting money from gullible parents on the promises of school fee waiver. He is giving false statements about full waiver of fee in other states and many other factually incorrect statements,” a DSEJ communiqué said.