The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced that it has decided to cut school fees by 15% in the wake of the pandemic. The moves comes as parents’ bodies have been demanding some relief from the state government in terms of slashing school fees.

Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad stated, I am happy to inform that the cabinet has today decided to cut 15% school fees in the wake of the pandemic. My department was following this up consistently. I thank my cabinet colleagues for their support

“Schools affiliated to various education boards, including the Maharashtra board, have informed the state government earlier that they will abide by rules regarding the slashing of fees. The government order will cover various issues and intricacies to avoid any confusion among the parents and school management,” the minister added.

Schools re-open in COVID-free zones

Meanwhile, at least 5,947 schools resumed offline classes for standards 8 to 12 earlier this month in Maharashtra’s rural areas in COVID free zones, said officials from the education department.

“There are a total of 19,997 secondary and higher secondary schools in the state where 45,07,445 students study in classes 8 to 12. Of these, 5,947 schools in rural areas reopened on Thursday,” said Vikas Garad, deputy director of state council of educational research and training.

According to data presented by the education department, Kolhapur saw the highest number of schools reopening at 940, followed by Aurangabad (631), Yavatmal (502) and Jalna (447), among others.

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