Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to reconsider CBSE’s decision of hiking examination fee for Class-X and Class-XII students.
In a letter to the Union Minister, the Chief Minister said, “You may be aware that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Ministry of HRD, has recently caused a sharp hike in the examination fees of Class-X and Class-XII students causing resentment among parents and other stakeholders. The abnormal rise, specifically of the fees in respect of SC & ST students by 24 times has come as a shock”.
“You may know that Odisha Government has opened more than 200 English Medium Model Schools affiliated to CBSE in rural areas for the benefit of economically and socially underprivileged sections of the society. This decision is bound to result in acute hardship to them,” Naveen wrote.
The Odisha CM appealed the Union Minister to prevail upon CBSE to reconsider the decision in the interest of people.
The CBSE has hiked examination fee for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students from Rs 50 to Rs 1,200.
General category students who were paying Rs 750 for five subjects earlier will now have to pay Rs 1,500.