DEHRADUN: The education secretary of Uttarakhand, R Meenakshi Sundaram has issued an order which says that no school, be it government or private is allowed to collect tuition fees from the children during the Coronavirus breakout. The fees can only be collected when everything resumes and everything normalises.
A letter which was issued to all the district magistrates of the state, Sundaram wrote, "It has come to the notice of the government that certain private schools are pressurising the parents of wards to submit the tuition fees immediately. This is not right when there is a complete lockdown imposed in the state to contain the spread of COVID-19."
"Hence, orders are issued to stop the collection of fees by all the government and private schools under CBSE, ICSE or state boards. Fees should be collected once the situation normalises," the letter added.
As of now, there are 4 cases of coronavirus in Uttrakhand, out of which one is a foreign national. As per the data which is being collected by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are currently 606 cases of coronavirus country-wide. Out of all the cases, 43 are foreign nationals. A total number of 10 people have lost their lives to the virus.
PM Narendra Modi also announced a 3-week long lockdown situation, which began from yesterday i.e. 25 March 2020. He also said social distancing is the only way to stop this highly contagious global pandemic in the nation.