Shillong, June 8: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Monday informed that the government has decided to reduce tuition fees in all government aided, deficit pattern and deficit schools by 50 percent, for three months.
The decision was taken during a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
Tynsong said that education institutions were closed down since March 17 and the government had received several suggestions from concerned parties to reduce tuition fees.
“This decision will be effective for the months of April, May and June in all government aided, deficit pattern and deficit schools,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
Further, in the case of private institutions, Tynsong informed that they will not be allowed to collect any other fees except Tuition fees from the students for the month of April, May and June.
“This decision will be applicable to those students whose families were affected by the COVID-19 lockdown,” he added.
He said that a notification from the state education department will be issued in this regard.
The Deputy Chief Minister also told reporters that the government will pay transportation fees for returness arriving from Guwahati to Shillong till June 10.
“From June 11, transportation charges fetching them from Guwahati have to be borne by the individual even though transport will still be arranged by the Transport department,” Tynsong informed.
During the briefing, Health Minister A.L Hek also revealed that 11475 samples have been tested till date of which 11009 are negative.
The results of 430 samples are awaited. The state currently has 22 active COVID-19 cases, 13 recoveries and 1 death.