Delhi Government has refused to pay the CBSE exam fees of economically backward students citing the problem of economic imbalance caused due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Delhi Government has refused to pay the examination fee for CBSE Class 10 and 12 students as they too are facing several other financial challenges in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision would affect more than three lakh economically backward students studying in government schools in the capital. The state government has informed the media that if they pay the examination fees of government school students for Class 10 and 12, it would cost them more than 100 crores.
Who will bear CBSE exam fees for economically backward students?
In 2019, the Delhi government took the responsibility of paying examination fees for the economically backward students as the central government hiked it from Rs 375 to Rs1,800 for Class 10 and from Rs 600 to Rs 3,100 for Class 12 students.
Delhi High Court orders CBSE and Delhi Government
The pandemic has adversely affected every section of the society and the condition for the economically backward section has only turned from bad to worse. Therefore, an NGO has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court asking the CBSE to waive off examination fees of the current academic year. Also, if the CBSE would not be able to waive off charges, then Union or Delhi Governments should pay it.
The High Court has given three weeks of time to CBSE and Delhi Government after hearing the case on September 28.
After the orders passed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the schools are all set reopen from October 15. The Ministry has released the instructions for schools and state governments which include sanitizing classrooms and no boundation of attendence.