In a bid to ease the financial burden caused by the fee hike, the Directorate of Education has ordered schools to allow parents to pay the tuition fee arrears — effective from September 1, 2008 — in three equal installments.
The exception, however, has not been made for all. Students of Class X and XII, who will be appearing for their Board exams in March, have to clear their arrears by the first date — March 31 — mentioned in order dater February 11.
The circular, posted on the directorate’s website on Wednesday, states that parents will be allowed to deposit the amount accrued from September last year in three equal installments by March 31, July 31 and October 31, respectively.
“Many parents had approached us with their problem of being unable to pay the entire amount at one time. So, we made an amendment to the earlier order of February 11 and introduced the three month installment provision to alleviate their financial burden,” said Chandra Bhushan Kumar, director (education).
As for the Class X and XII, Kumar reiterated his stand that “no school could deny any student his/her admit card or disallow them from appearing for Board exam on account of non-payment of the fee.”
Parents have welcomed the amendment. “I am a middle-class man and would any day favour clearing the tuition fee arrears installments. I am glad the education department has recognized our problem and tried to address it as well,” said a parent.
The DOE in another circular has notified that students admitted to a school in 2007-08 academic session would have to pay only two-third of the teacher’s salary arrear amount. And for those admitted in academic session 2008-09, it shall be one-third total salary arrears.