Going by several reports, the Supreme Court of India, on Tuesday, dismissed a plea seeking fee waiver for the CBSE Class 10 and 12 students. The plea by NGO called “Social Jurist” against the 28 September 2020 order of the Delhi High Court, was filed owing to the financial difficulties faced by several parents in the current academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The case was heard by a bench of eminent Justices including Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah. The bench stated,
“How can the court direct the government to do this? You should give a representation to the government…Dismissed,”
The high court had asked the AAP government and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to treat the PIL as a representation and take a decision under law, rules, regulations and government policy applicable to the facts of the case, within three weeks.
The plea, filed by lawyer Ashok Agarwal, stated that either CBSE would be asked to waive the exam fee or the Central government be asked to pay the money from PM Cares Fund. The appeal further said,
“It may be stated here that till 2018-19 the CBSE Examination fee of students of class X/ XII was very nominal but in the year 2019-20 respondent CBSE increased Examination fee in manifold. In the current year 2020-21, CBSE has demanded Examination fee from Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800 from students of class X and Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,400 from class XII students depending upon number of subjects, practical, etc.”