Fani Aftermath: Odisha Govt appeals private schools to waive off fees

Bhubaneswar: Considering the plight of the students in cyclone Fani-affected districts, Odisha government today appealed the authorities of several private educational institutes to consider waiving off school fee of students.

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has appealed for one-month course fee waiver for students in five districts– Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Kendrapara which have been severely-affected by the devastating cyclonic storm.

The appeal was made by the SRC following request by the All Odisha Parents’ Association for waiver of school fees in private Odia and English medium schools in the cyclone affected districts.

The State government has already waived off school fees and examination fees of the students in government school up to high school level.

According to official data, 1.65 crore people in 14 districts have been affected by the cyclone Fani that hit the State on May 3. There has been extensive damage to several houses in these districts and students have also their lost books, study materials and uniform during the disaster.

“Apart from waiving off fees of students in government schools, the State government is also taking steps to provide two extra pair of uniforms in extremely affected and one extra pair to students in severely affected districts to children up to elementary level,” said SRC Bishnupada Sethi.