New Delhi: The Delhi government has written to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) requesting a ‘one-time’ exemption from examination fees for students in grades 10 and 12 studying in government and government-subsidized schools in Delhi , among others, citing the pandemic -induced financial crisis.
In a letter to CBSE President on Thursday, Education Director Udit Prakash Rai said: New Delhi City Council, Delhi Cantonment Council and Welfare Department Schools, for the current 2021 academic session -22 as a single measurement. “
Rai pointed out that the ‘severe’ economic impact of Covid-19 had led to job losses across the world: âAfter a long time, formal education has resumed in schools. Now the problems regarding payment CBSE exam fees appeared before parents. A number of requests have been received from parents expressing their inability to pay exam fees due to loss of income in the ongoing pandemic. “
CBSE Examination Controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said: âThis is a matter of policy. If the government has written to us, it will be looked at from all angles and discussed before responding. “
In 2019, CBSE increased the board examination fee for students in grades 10 and 12 in the general category in Delhi public schools from ??375 and ??600, respectively, to ??1,500 for five subjects. For students in class 12, the fees can go up to ??2,500, including the additional amount for practical work, additional and optional subjects. For class 10 SC / ST candidates, the examination fee has been increased from ??375 to ??1,200, and for class 12, ??600 to ??1200.
Schools have been asked to collect the exam fee and submit the list of candidates for Classes 10 and 12 to the board by September 30. The majority of schools in the capital, including 1,030 public schools in Delhi, are affiliated with the CBSE.
Before 2019, students in the SC / ST category were billed ??50 and the remainder was reimbursed by the state government to the board of directors. Now they have to pay the full cost.
In 2019, the Delhi government paid examination fees for more than 314,000 students in grades 10 and 12 in public schools after the CBSE dramatically increased examination fees.
However, he did not pay the fees last year due to the shortage of funds, and this year, too, students struggled to pay the fees themselves. Last year, principals of Delhi public schools and several members of civil society raised funds to help students who could not afford their own exam fees. Also this year, teachers and principals at several schools across Delhi launched crowdfunding campaigns to organize money to pay student fees.
Class 12 student Kajal Soni, who studies at a public school in New Kondli, said: âFees have increased dramatically over the past two years. We cannot pay the rent for the room because both of my parents are sick and there is no salaried member at home. I told my school to cross out my name because there is no way to pay the fees when my mom is hospitalized.
Although the CBSE announced on Tuesday that it would offer a fee waiver for students who have lost both parents to Covid-19, principals and activists said it would not help all students. The All India Parents’ Association has also submitted several memoranda to various authorities on the matter.