New Delhi August 13: Alleging that it was yet another attempt by the BJP government to target SC/ST communities, the Congress has demanded that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) should take back its decision to hike fees of Class 10 and Class 12 board exam. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the BJP government is now targeting the young generation by increasing the fees of board examinations. He also accused the BJP of giving step-motherly treatment to Dalits and tribals.
The Minister said that the BJP government is trying to tarnish B R Ambedkar’s dream of “become educated and struggle” by taking this step.
BJP going against Ambedkar’s dream
“We demand that the BJP government take back the CBSE decision to raise exam fees, failing which it would be clear that this government does not want to fulfill Ambedkar’s dream of “become educated and struggle” for the oppressed classes in the society,” he has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
First hike in last 5 years
On August 11, the CBSE raised the board exam fees of classes 10 and 12 by up to Rs. 1,150. This is the first hike in the last five years. As per the new rules, the fees for general category students for both the classes were doubled from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1,500 for five subjects.
Mr. Surjewala alleged that during the rule of the BJP government, exploitation of Dalits and tribals has increased, and now it wants to end affordable education by “raising the examination fee by 250 per cent”.
“The CBSE has raised the examination fee for SC, ST students of Class 10 and 12 by 250 per cent. The fee for ordinary students has also been raised by more than 100 per cent. The Constitution of India has made to help SCs/STs to fight against the social injustice and exploitation meted out to them, but the BJP government has gone in “reverse gear”,” he told a news daily.
The BJP government is targeting the Dalits and the tribals by ending the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan in the budget, claimed the Congress leader. He alleged that the cases of atrocities under the BJP rule have increased across India.