In the wake of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the CBSE on April 17 suggested states and union territories to look after the problems of school fees payment and salaries to teachers “sensitively and holistically” keeping in mind the interest of all stakeholders. The lockdown, which was from March 25 to April 14, has been extended by the Centre to May 3 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Keeping in view the present situation of the countrywide lockdown, and difficulties being face by all stakeholders in the school education system due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is requested that the state governments may examine the issue of lump sum payment of school fees and teacher’s salaries sensitively and holistically considering the interest of all stakeholders concerned,” CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said in a letter to the chief secretaries of states and union territories.
“The States and UTs may think about issuing suitable instructions on the periodicity of payment of school fees and payment of salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff to be applicable during the period of the pandemic,” he said.
Thakur said that action taken at “your end may kindly be informed to the board to enable us to respond to the queries of our stakeholders.”
As per CBSE affiliation byelaws, fees is supposed to be charged under the heads directed by the Department of Education of the states and union territories.
The admission fee charged under any other head are also charged only as per the regulations of the designated government, the byelaws state. The affiliation byelaws also empower the education department of states and union territories concerned to decide the manner in which fee can be collected.