HC dismisses PIL against enhanced exam fees charged by CBSE

HC dismisses PIL against enhanced exam fees charged by CBSE

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said there was no right for full or partial waiver of examination fees and it was the government's decision whether it can foot the bill based on the facts and circumstances of each year and the other priorities of the administration.

The court said it was not inclined to direct the government to fully or partially waive the exam fees and saw no reason to entertain the petition. "With these observations, the petition is dismissed," it said.

The petition was filed by a society, Parents Forum for Meaningful Education, contending that the CBSE "arbitrarily" enhanced the exam fees in 2019-20 and was charging the same in 2020-21 too when everyone has been hit financially by the pandemic.

In 2019-20, the Delhi government foot the exam fees of students studying in class 10 and 12 in its schools, and assured the parents that the matter would be sorted for the future, the society had said in its plea. The government had in another similar matter told the court that it cannot foot the bill in 2020-21 as it had done last year as the amount was over ?100 crore.

The society had in its plea said that CBSE was charging ?1,500 as board exam fees for class 10 and 12 and the amount goes up to ?2,400 for the science stream students as they also have practicals. The petition contended that in the prevailing situation, parents of children in government schools may not be able to pay such amounts in one go.

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