Mumbai Schools Asked To Give 15% Fee Reduction Details; Likely To Hike Again After Summer Vacation


The Maharashtra government has asked schools in the city to provide details on the 15 per cent fee reduction given to students in the academic year 2021-22.

This development came as schools across the state are on summer vacation from today, May 2. In city, the schools will reopen for the academic year 2022-23 from June 13.

While many schools have gone ahead with their existing fee structures, there is a possibility of educational institutions hiking fees when schools return to pre-COVID-19 times in June.

Meanwhile, if reports are to be believed the schools that have given a fee cut are still finding it difficult to recover arrears from parents.

Earlier, in August, the state had issued a government resolution (GR) asking schools to reduce their fees by 15 per cent.

However, the parent bodies had called the order a sham as the state needs to amend the Fee Act or pass an ordinance before issuing a circular. A similar order was passed in 2020-21 following the March 2020 lockdown, which was challenged by some private schools in the Bombay high court (HC).

With complaints of students’ progress reports being held back for non-payment of fees, the deputy director of education last month again asked schools to refund the 15% fees collected or adjust the same in the upcoming academic year.

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