All stu­dents to get back CBSE reg­is­tra­tion fees, says DoE

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Shradha.Chet­tri @times­group.com

New Delhi: In Septem­ber, Delhi cabi­net okayed the gov­ern­ment’s plan to pay Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE)’s exam reg­is­tra­tion fees for over three lakh stu­dents of classes X and XII. But many stu­dents who have al­ready paid the fees are a wor­ried lot.

Al­lay­ing their fear, the direc­torate of ed­u­ca­tion (DoE)’s di­rec­tor, Bi­nay Bhushan, said on Thurs­day that ev­ery­body would be re­im­bursed. “CBSE will be paid on Fri­day and the process to re­im­burse the stu­dents will be ini­ti­ated af­ter that,” Bhushan said. On Septem­ber 18, the Rs 57.2crore project was cleared for gov­ern­ment and aided schools, and for stu­dents un­der Pa­tra­char Vidyalaya.

The el­i­gi­ble stu­dents in the schools in Tugh­laqabad and Prahlad­pur in south Delhi said they had handed over the amount to the re­spec­tive in­sti­tute al­most a month ago. A Class XII stu­dent at a Tugh­laqabad school, said, “Our class has 35 stu­dents and ev­ery­body has paid Rs 2,600. Af­ter read­ing about the gov­ern­ment or­der, we asked the school but it doesn’t have any in­for­ma­tion.” A Class X stu­dent said, “The school asked each of us to pay Rs 1,800. Had we paid late, we would have been charged late fees.”

A few stu­dents al­leged that even sched­uled caste and sched­uled tribe can­di­dates were asked to pay. “We paid Rs 1,500. My fa­ther had to take an ad­vance,” said one of them.

A teacher in a north­east Delhi school said there was no clar­ity ini­tially, but all stu­dents would be re­im­bursed.

How­ever, some school prin­ci­pals said they had com­pleted only the doc­u­men­ta­tion process by Septem­ber 25. “The gov­ern­ment is to di­rectly pay CBSE and we haven’t col­lected any money,” said Yash­want Singh Negi, prin­ci­pal of a gov­ern­ment boys’ school in Ghi­torni.

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