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Nodal officers to receive school fee related complaints during the lockdown

The education department on Friday released a list of nodal officers to receive fee-related complaints during the lockdown period.

Nodal officers to receive school fee related complaints during the lockdown
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The education department on Friday released a list of nodal officers to receive fee-related complaints during the lockdown period. After multiple complaints from the parents regarding the enforcement of fees, or the hike in the fees during this pandemic, the education department has decided to take this step for the redressal of grievances.

The youth wing of Shiv Sena, Yuva Sena had, in turn, demanded a helpline for parents to complain about fee-related problems. The department has listed 87 nodal officers in 37 districts.

Maharashtra, with the most number of coronavirus cases in the country, has been planning to reopen schools from June 15 onwards. As per the State’s School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, the re-opening of the schools may be gradual and phase-wise according to the zones. According to reports, the education minister indicated that the number of school hours will come down by half.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) allowed the Class 10 and 12 Board exams to be conducted by granting an exemption from the nationwide lockdown measures. Later, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla in a letter addressed to all the Chief Secretaries asserted that the examinations will be held on certain conditions. For example, no examination centre will be permitted in the containment zones. Secondly, wearing a mask by teachers, students, and staff shall be compulsory and thirdly, thermal screening and sanitizer must be provided at the centres besides maintaining social distancing. Furthermore, the MHA also directed the stated and Union Territories to run special buses for the transportation of students.

However, in the recent past, Vishal Solanki, commissioner of education in the state of Maharashtra had announced that it is still being decided if institutions can be opened in the green zones, however, adding that digital modes of communication like television and radio are being considered to impart education to the school going students during this time.


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