New Delhi, 5 October 2021 – For the next two years, private schools in Madhya Pradesh have decided to waive half the school fee for children who have lost either one (or both) of their parents to COVID. This decision has been taken by the Association of Un-Aided Private Schools in Madhya Pradesh in order to provide relief to grief-stricken children.
Students who have lost either of their parents are undergoing both emotional and financial crises. In light of that, private school owners and directors presented a joint statement that read, “The education and regular classes of the children belonging to CBSE and ICSE board should not stop due to the corona crisis. For this, we have decided that the children who have lost their parents to Corona will have to give an application to the school affiliated with the association. With the scrutiny of the application, that child will be provided with the benefit under the scheme.”
Half Fee Waiver in Madhya Pradesh Private Schools – Important Points
- Private school operators have decided to appeal to the CM-led government to bear the remaining (half) fees.
- Currently, there are nearly 10,000 CBSE and ICSE-affiliated schools in MP.
- This half fee waiver shall be implemented across the schools in the state that are connected to the association.
- To get the waiver, students need to put in applications through their respective institutions. These applications will be then scrutinized and accepted for waivers.
Government Support Extended to Madhya Pradesh Students
In the midst of the second COVID-19 wave back in May 2021, the MP government, led by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had announced to provide free education, ration, and a monthly pension of Rs. 5,000 to the children who have lost their parents to COVID. As per the announcement, all children who lost a parent from March 1 to June 30 this year are eligible for assistance.
During the same time, several private schools and higher education institutions across the state also took up the responsibility to offer fee waivers to COVID-affected students voluntarily.
Across the state, the government has received 395 applications till-date. Out of these, 323 are deemed eligible and 228 have already been approved. As per this norm, financial aid will be deposited in the bank accounts of guardians until these children reach 18 years of age.
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