The All Manipur Students Guardians’ Organisation (AMSGO) on Friday appealed to the state government to devise a tentative policy to provide free education to the students of the government aided and the private schools during the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
In this regard, the AMSGO submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N Biren Singh, the education minister and the commissioner of Education (S).
Considering the terrible financial woes the public is enduring during the pandemic, devising a tentative policy to provide free education by the state government to the students of the government aided and the private schools will be a real blessing, the memorandum stated.
It appealed for making rules and regulations to keep a certain limitation on the number of students per classroom, as well as that on the number of sections per class in a school, and to let the school authority maintain uniformity in the admission fee and the tuition fee rates.
The reasonable maximum number of students for class 1 to 10 per class room should be 50 and that of the classes 11 and 12 should be 70 and also the number of sections per class in a school should be limited only to three, it added.
It further asked the state government to review the order dated the June 16, issued by the director of Education(s) regarding the school fees and the staff salary by scaling down from the prescribed payment of 50 per cent of the monthly fees to 30 per cent and the payment of the staff monthly salary from 70 per cent to 50 per cent as it was done during the last academic year.
Considering the unbridled fashion with which the private schools of the state have been functioning for the last many decades, it is felt that a stringent education policy of the private schools and the government aided schools of the state is a serious need of the hour in order to contain and streamline their functioning for better efficiency, the memorandum mentioned.
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