All students to get back CBSE registration fees, says DoE
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.