“Education department will allow schools to collect only 70% of the tuition fees this academic year,” said Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Friday.
The fee reduction decision was made in view of the pandemic.
The minister said that the government has the authority to prescribe fees based on the Karnataka Education Act 1983 and under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
The reduction is applicable to all private schools across the state.
The annual tuition fee is spent towards salaries of both teaching and non-teaching staff and facilities like library, lab and sports.
The department directed schools to exclude fees like development fee, donations, transportation facilities and extracurricular activities, this year.
If parents have already paid the full year’s fee, school managements should refund or adjust it against the next year’s component. Parents will be given an option of paying the fee in 2 to 3 installments, said the minister.