Parents holding protest against School fee during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Patiala on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan Hindustan Times)
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Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh announced on Saturday that state schools in the state will not charge student admission, re-admission, and tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic session due to the COVID crisis.

The state government has already relocated the court with regard to the fee charged by private schools, but no fee is charged at all for state schools for the entire year, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister also announced provisional admission to Class XI for the 31,000 Class X pupils in the open school system who, due to the internal evaluation due to the COVID crisis, could not be promoted because they did not have such an evaluation. To ensure that their future is not compromised, the state government has decided to grant them preliminary approval in Class XI. However, you have to take exams as soon as things normalize, he said.

The chief minister made these announcements yesterday during the #AskCaptain edition. He also announced a cash prize of 5,100 rupees each for 335 students who achieved over 98 percent in class XII.

At a request from Manpreet Singh, a small Khamanu shopkeeper, Fatehgarh Sahib, whose name had been dropped from the school for failure to pay annual fees, the chief minister said he would ask the DC to intervene immediately and ensure that this Child is brought back to school.

“No school can remove students like this,” he said, adding that if necessary, severe punishment would be imposed on any school that committed itself to such acts.

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