Exam fee waiver likely for poor pupils in pvt school

Lakhs of underprivileged students studying in private schools are likely to be exempted from paying board exam fees in future as the State is taking measures to waive the fees for deserving pupils.
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At present, Classes 10, 11 and 12 students from government and government aided schools need not pay board exam fees. A senior official from the Directorate of Examinations said that government is taking steps to waive board exam fees for students from underprivileged group. He said that all the private schools would be instructed to produce the data of their students from economically weaker sections so that exam fees waiver would be implemented. “The authorities are discussing to fix minimum salary earned by the parents to avail fees waiver scheme,” he said adding, parents would be asked to produce their income certificate to schools.

Stating that at present students appearing for Class 10 board exam should pay Rs 125 that includes examination fee, mark certificate fee, registration fee and service charges, the official said, “Similarly, Classes 11 and 12 students were paying Rs 375 for board exams.”

He also pointed out that the fees collected from the students in private institutions would be used to conduct examination and print mark sheets besides spending money for answer sheet evaluation. “Once data of the students has been collected, the government would know how much it would cost the exchequer and the scheme will likely to be implemented from next academic year,” he added. The official also said that feedback have been requested from the management of private institution in connection with State’s exam fees waiver initiative.

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