KSU seeks respite for economically backward students in private institutions

SHILLONG: The Education Cell of the Khasi Students’ Union – Central Executive Council said that the government should come up with measures to manage salaries of private school teachers even at a time when guardians of students are struggling to pay fees because of the adversity induced by COVID-19 pandemic.

The union in letter to the Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that though the union understands the private school and colleges pay salaries to their teachers and staff from the fees paid by the students but alternative measures has to be taken by the Government so that no citizen of the State is left in agony.

The union said that parents and guardians of students belonging to economically backward section of society were finding it difficult to meet the demands of school and college fees in the present situation.

The union has suggested the Department to direct the school and colleges to identify the students belonging to poor economic  background to waive off/deduct the fees of such students.

They also suggested giving sufficient time to students/ parents and guardians to pay their fees.

“Although, the Department of Education of Meghalaya on April 25 decided to waive fees from March to May, 2020 for students coming from economically weaker background but  no official resolution or order has been passed inthis regard as yet. The Union has noticed  that the School and Colleges are demanding the fees from the students without any consideration”, the union said.

The union suggested the department to pass an official order or take a resolution and forward it to the school and colleges so that they are made aware of the decision taken by the Government.

As for the HSSLC examination scheduled to be held on July 8, the union stated that public transportation should be made available on the specific days of examination within the city, district and inter district so as to allow the students hailing from different part of the State to reach their examination centre without any obstacle.



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