CBSE Doubles Exam Fees For Class 10 And 12 Students: The decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to increase exam fees for students taking exams at the board has caused strong criticism from stakeholders.
Last week, CBSE announced an increase in exam fees for students taking class 10 and 12 exams. Now scheduled caste/tribe students are expected to spend Rs 1,200 to pass the exams, while that students must pay 1,500 rupees. Both categories of students paid Rs 750 before.
This decision will affect approximately 30 lakh students each year who will take the class 10 and class 12 exams taken by the CBSE. The CBSE governs Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, the central schools, and the country’s private schools.
As the announcement caused outrage across the country, the CBSE published a clarification on its Twitter account that it was the first cost increase in the last five years. He also noted that the Rs 350 fee paid by SC / ST students was a special agreement only for Delhi.
“As a special agreement reserved for Delhi, the registration fees were previously Rs 350 for SC / ST students in Delhi. Of these 350 rupees, the students only paid 50 rupees and the rest of 300 rupees were reimbursed by the government of Delhi, “says the clarification.
However, this sudden increase in rates caused strong reactions from several stakeholders, who described the practice as arbitrary and unconstitutional.
Kandasamy *, a father whose son is studying in the eighth grade at a post-secondary school in Coimbatore, says he adds to his burden as a father. “In a situation where our jobs are insecure and our income is not guaranteed, such a sudden increase causes us problems,” he said.
Adding that paying for education out of pocket has become a necessity these days, he says, “the burden on parents is increasing. Health and education expenses cannot even be deferred, which adds value to the bill list. ”
KR Nandakumar, Secretary-General of the Tamil Nadu Primary School Nursery Association and the CBSE School Association (Private), also supported the perspective of parents of students at CBSE schools in Tamil Nadu.
“It is a disappointment for parents looking for CBSE schools to provide quality education to their children,” he said, adding that although CBSE justifies this increase by highlighting the higher costs of achieving exams and logistics, it is unfair in a steep walk.
“It would have been easier for our pockets if the increase had been 200 to 250 rupees.” Now, this has become more expensive than the UPSC exam fee. We will soon call on the government to reverse the trend or assume additional costs for itself, “he said.
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Prince Gajendra Babu, a Tamil Nadu-based educator, told TNM that the government was supposed to provide free education to everyone, so the increase was totally unjustified.
“Does CBSE believe that students studying at CBSE are only rich students? Do they believe that no one in CBSE schools comes from a marginal environment? What is the bill they have? What is the money spent to educate students? There must be a reason to increase that number, “he said.
He added that it is the duty of the government to provide free education to students and added: “The fee for government exams at such an exorbitant rate is totally unacceptable, arbitrary and unreasonable.”