Students of Delhi government and aided schools will not have to pay any fees for Class 10 and 12 CBSE examinations and the cost will be born by the city dispensation, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Tuesday. The decision was taken by the Delhi government following an announcement of a fee hike by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Sisodia also said the government is in discussion with CBSE to roll back the fee hike.
According to the revised norms, the SC/ST students were required to pay the entire amount to the CBSE. However, on Monday the board had restored the facility of SC/ST students paying Rs 50 after the city government agreed to pay the remaining amount. The CBSE had justified the fee hike, citing Rs 200-crore deficit in conducting class 10 and 12 board examinations.
Early board results, measures to make examination leak-proof and error-free evaluation have imposed a financial burden on the CBSE and passing on the responsibility of conducting competitive examinations like the JEE and the NEET to the newly formed National Testing Agency has also left it in a fund crunch, the board officials had said.