Commission, SUK for exemption of school fees

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 4th May: All private schools and vehicles carrying students to and from schools have been asked by Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights to exempt tuition and transportation fees.
In a public notice issued on Monday, the Commission requested all private schools not to charge school fees from parents/guardians for the COVID-19 lockdown period.
It also said that buses, vans or any other vehicle owners carrying students should not ask transportation fees from parents/guardians while the lockdown is in force.
The Commission then added that no child (student) till 18 years of age should be harassed because of disagreement between parents/guardians and school/educational institute and vehicle owners over payment of fees.
Students' Union of Kangleipak (SUK), Imphal West District Committee also urged all private schools in Imphal West area not to take fees from the students, while cautioning of strict action against any school is found doing so. SUK committee president Gyanagar Nameirakpam informed that there have been reports of some private schools messaging parents to clear the monthly fees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Condemning the act, the president said the Education Minister had already instructed all schools not to collect fees amid the pandemic. He also cautioned that the student body would be initiating action against those who have been selling items at high prices.


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