COVID-19 Lockdown: Assam Child Rights Commission Demands Action Against Schools Asking Parents To Deposit Fee

Various private schools are instructing the parents to deposit their wards' school fee, admission fee etc for promotion to high class or even fresh admission: ASCPCR

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The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) dashed off a letter to all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the State demanding strict actions against the private schools asking parents to deposit their wards’ school fee during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) induced lockdown.

In a letter to the DCs, Sunita Changkakti, chairperson, ASCPCR, mentioned that various private schools are instructing “the parents to deposit their wards’ school fee, admission fee etc for promotion to high class or even fresh admission”.

“Despite the decision of the Central Government during lockdown to adopt soft policies in terms of relaxation of EMIs and other bills for a three month period, such an action must be stopped if found practising by any school authorities,” Changkakti wrote in the letter.

The ASCPCR further asked the DCs to ensure that no school authority tries to force the guardians to deposit any advance fee.

“You are therefore reminded to ensure that no school authority tries to force the guardians to deposit any outstanding or advance fees for the education of their children or for re/fresh admission as the case may be,” the letter further mentioned.

There are several reports that various private schools have asked parents to deposit fee of their wards by ignoring directions of the government to refrain from collecting fee during the lockdown period.

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