Students, parents criticise CBSE’s “unconstitutional” move for increasing fee

Students, parents criticise CBSE’s “unconstitutional” move for increasing fee

New Delhi, August 13: A parent’s body has criticised the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for hiking the fee on board exams. According to it, doing so is “unconstitutional”. However, the educational board has given clarification that in five years, this is its first exam fee increase. “The Board had not increased the fee in the last five years,” it said.

Speaking on the increase in fee, the CBSE said, “This hike has brought CBSE fee at par with other central board NIOS, which charges Rs. 1,800 for male candidates, Rs. 1,450 for females and Rs. 1,200 for SC/ST candidates.”

Extra fee for optional subject

As per the new rule, students appearing for Class 10 and Class 12 board exams will be required to pay Rs. 1,500 each for five subjects and an additional Rs. 300 for each optional subject. The rule is same for the registration for board examinations of both the classes.

Fee increased by 24 times

There is a hike by 24 times for Delhi government school students belong to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe categories, some news reports had suggested. The students of Delhi government schools and their parents are angered by this. At present, Rs. 50 are being paid by these students towards the fee. The rest is subsidised by the Delhi government. However, CBSE has notified that the entire fee of Rs. 1,200 will be taken directly from students, and the government of Delhi can have an internal arrangement with schools for subsidising that amount.

“Earlier in Delhi, SC/ST students used to pay Rs. 50 and the Delhi government paid the rest. Now, the CBSE will take Rs. 1,200 entirely from the students. If the Delhi government reimburses them or pays for them, it’s an internal arrangement between schools and the Delhi government,” Sanyam Bhardwaj, Controller of Examinations, CBSE, has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

However, Ashok Aggarwal, who heads the All India Parents Association, has opposed the move of the board. He said, “We demand immediate withdrawal of this fee hike as it is against the right to education of students. Such move on part of the CBSE would adversely affect the education of children of the masses.”