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Saturday, 10 October 2020

Private schools in Ambala seek free coronavirus test for teachers

Ambala, October 9

Kulbhushan Sharma, president of the Federation of Private Schools' Welfare Association, Haryana, has appealed to the Haryana Government to make the Covid-19 test, which costs Rs1,200, free for private school teachers like that of government schools.

Accusing the Haryana Government of adopting indifferent attitude towards them, Kulbhushan, who is also the president of the National Independent Schools' Alliance, said "Private schools, especially budget private schools, have received around 5 per cent fee and they have 25 to 50 per cent fees due from the last year as well. So, these are unable to bear the cost of the Covid-19 test for their teachers. Also, teachers have not received full salaries and are already facing financial crunch."

"The government has already allowed students of Classes IX to XII to attend school and now the government is contemplating opening schools for Classes VI to VIII, which is an appreciable move, but we request the government, especially Health Minister Anil Vij, to make the Covid-19 testing free for private school teachers just like government school teachers," he said.

Kulbhushan demanded from the government to give relief on passenger tax, electricity bill and tax on other items that had not been used by schools lately. He said in most of the schools in rural areas, children were brought to the schools in buses and these schools had suffered the most during the lockdown. — TNS

from The Tribune

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