The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea which seeks direction to the CBSE and the Delhi government to waive exam fees for students of class 10 and 12 in the current situation of uncertainty in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The plea addresses the financial problems faced by some parents.
Plea not entertained
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah refused to entertain the petition filed by NGO ‘Social Jurist’ against the supreme court 28 order of the Delhi High Court. “How can the court direct the government to waive the fee? you should give a representation to the government to do this…Dismissed,” the bench said.
The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to make a decision and treat the PIL as a representation. The decision should be taken in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policy applicable to the facts of the case within three weeks.
Difficult for parents to arrange even two meals
The appeal said that because of the Covid – 19 lockdown, the income of the parents has either disappeared or declined to such a level that it has become difficult for them to arrange even two meals for their survival. It said the high court’s order has resulted to deny the relief of 30 lakh students in the nation and three lakh students are in Delhi itself.
Lawyer Ashok Agarwal, filed the plea which says that either CBSE be asked to waive off the exams fee or the centre should pay the amount from the PM cares fund in India. Delhi students may ask the AAP government to do so, it said.
CBSE increased exam fee in the manifold
Till 2018 – 19, the CBSE examination fee of students of class 10 and 12 was very nominal but in the session 2019- 2020 respondent CBSE raised exam fee in the manifold. CBSE has demanded exam fee from Rs 1,500 to Rs 1800 from students of class 10 in the current year 2020-21. Whereas, Rs 15,00 to Rs 2,400 from students of class 12 depending upon a number of subjects, practical etc, the plea said.
The Delhi government had paid exam fees to the CBSE students of class 10 and 12 in the last academic year. But it has refused to do so citing financial crises in 2020 – 21, it said.