Chandigarh,, July 1 -- The Chandigarh education department plans to waive off fees for around 25,000 students of Classes 9 and 10 of government schools who have been affected due to economic slowdown amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The decision was taken to curtail dropout rates post-lockdown.

Of the 114 government schools, there are over 70 government high schools and senior secondary schools in Chandigarh. As per estimates, the overall cost of the waiver would come to around Rs.4 to Rs.5 crore.

As per sources, UT administrator VP Singh Badnore will take the final call on the proposal. The developments were confirmed by UT director of school education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar, who said the file awaits approval from the competent authority....