Delhi government and aided schools students will not have to pay any fees for class 10 and 12 CBSE examination and the cost will be born by the city dispensation, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday.
The decision was taken by the Delhi government following announcement of fee hike by the Central Board of Secondary Education.
Sisodia also said the government is in discussion with CBSE to rollback the fee hike.
On Monday, the board had announced that the burden of the fee hike will not be passed on to SC/ST students in city government and aided schools as Delhi government will pay the board.
“Delhi government will pay the CBSE board examination fees of all students of class X and XII in Delhi government schools, instructions have been issued to the schools to not to collect fees from students,” Sisodia tweeted along with an order copy issued by the Directorate of Education, Delhi.
The order reads, “The CBSE has enhanced the examination fees for class X and XII for the Examination 2020. In this regard, the heads of all government, government-aided schools, and Patrachar Vidyalaya are hereby directed not to collect the Examination fees from the students of class X and XII for payment to CBSE till further directions. However, the process of completion of CBSE’s List of Candidates will continue, as usual.”
The CBSE last week notified an increase in the examination fees for Classes 10 and 12, registration fees for Classes 9 and 11 and migration fees.
However, on August 14, on the direction of Human Resource Development Ministry, the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) restored the earlier practice of charging Rs 50 only from SC and ST candidates appearing for Class X and XII board examinations in Delhi government schools.
In a letter addressed to Binay Bhushan, Director of Education by Sanjay Bhardwaj, Controller of Examination, CBSE, it has been stated that fees will remain the same for ST and SC student as practised earlier.
However, the letter also states that for the payment of difference of increased fees per candidate the board will take up the reimbursement with state govt once the number of candidates is finalised.
According to the revised norms, the SC/ST students were required to pay the entire amount to CBSE.