CBSE very recently proclaimed the swell in board exam fees across different categories. The fees for general category students from 10th and 12th class was doubled from Rs 750/- to Rs 1500/-. As per the norms of HRD ministry, the fee hike was necessary and was called for observing the current situation. The hike is sharper for class X students in Delhi who will pay 3.2 times higher in case of SC/ST and about 4 times more in the case of general category. All the private schools across all states including Delhi will have to shell out Rs 1500 for the exam and for the Government and other aided schools the hike proposal is as given below.
|Class and State||Current||Proposed|
|CLASS X- DELHI SCHOOLS||375 - SC&ST / GENERAL||1200 - SC/ST & 1500 - GENERAL|
|CLASS XII- DELHI SCHOOLS||600 - SC&ST / GENERAL||1200 - SC/ST & 1500 - GENERAL|
|CLASS X & XII - OTHER STATES||750 - SC&ST / GENERAL||1500 - ACROSS ALL CATEGORIES|
The hike has indeed come as a rude shock especially to the students of Delhi. Until now class X and XII students in Delhi paid only Rs 375 and Rs 600 respectively but with the amount of the fee increased, the state-level protests are surely justified. In the other states, the fees last year for both the classes was Rs 750 and the doubling up of fees has inflamed questions. For SC/ST candidates in Delhi, they have to merely pay Rs 50 while the rest of the amount will be funded by the Delhi Government.
Why has CBSE decided to hike the fee?
One of the main reasons for the hike in government-aided and private schools affiliated with CBSE is that they are autonomous and are self-funded. They have no budgetary allocation despite it being a national board. The major source of revenue generation happens through the fees collected for appearing for national entrances like IIT, AIPMT, and NEET & NET. There is a deficiency of about 200 crores due to the lack of revenue. The cost of conducting exams in an effective manner is getting pricey and in order to compensate, it is important that the fee also is hiked. The previous fee hike was done about 5 years ago. With increasing inflation, every little thing is getting expensive. From paper to the fee of the invigilator, the costs have increased to conduct the exams.
What’s the current status?
Delhi Government currently is at loggerheads with the board and has also threatened CBSE to make its own board as the decision to hike fees was not done in consultation with the government. Delhi government has a strong role to play in the dealings because currently, CBSE has the maximum schools under its net in Delhi compared to any other state. Many other states also are reeling under the pressure of the fee hike because in the last 5 years many schools affiliated to CBSE had been opened for the economically challenged community. This move might hurt them to a great extent. The students in Delhi have taken a larger hit, and the reason that can be attributed to this could be that the schools are more in number and Delhi also being a metropolitan is an expensive city. Whatever the reason might be, States are not taking the decision of CBSE well but as per the current state of affairs, there might be no rollback in the announcement.
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