CBSE has increased the examination fee for class 10th and 12th students recently after five years from Rs.150 per subject to Rs.300. Education Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia immediately asked his department to evaluate the ways to lessen the burden of fees on the students. The request to reduce the fee has already been made by the government officials to the CBSE as the government is one of the major stakeholders of CBSE, their request must be considered if not, the Delhi government would set up a separate education board for Delhi students.
According to the previous fee arrangement, an SC/ST student in Delhi had to pay Rs.350 for all subjects to CBSE out of which the government reimbursed Rs. 300. However, in the new arrangement, no such separate clause is offered to Delhi SC/ST students and the fee has been raised to Rs. 1,200 for all five subjects. So the student will have to pay the entire amount himself/herself which would increase the burden of education on the students and their families.
For General category students the examination fee per subject is now Rs. 300 so the total would be Rs. 1500 for five subjects. However, earlier general category students used to pay Rs. 750 for five subjects.
In the defence, CBSE officials have said that the increase in examination fee is due to the changes they have made in the past few years like capacity-building workshops for evaluators and paper setters, the appointment of extra invigilators at examination centres, 40% increase in the paper evaluators etc, due to which their expenditure on the examination increased heavily. As they don't receive any separate grant for the same from the Government this step was essential to cover the expenses.
The raise in examination fee would affect the students preparing for 2019-2020 CBSE board examinations. It seems like the Delhi Government is going to find a solution to ease the burden on Delhi students one way or the other.