Considering the CBSE exam fee hike, different sections protested over this decision of CBSE recently. On August 13, 2019, the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) cited many reasons for fee hike. Some of the reasons mentioned by CBSE are:
- Huge increase in papers cost
- Printing of confidential material
- Other logistics
CBSE stated that the exam fee hike is actually required for self-sustenance and to maintain CV quality in the examination.
Anurag Tripathi, CBSE secretary said, “The fee hike is required to maintain CV quality in examination, evaluation & overcome the financial deficit and even for self-sustenance.”
For Class X and XII, the board examination fees are increased by up to Rs 1,200 after a gap of five years and are applied pan India & abroad.
100 per cent deployment of Observers (5000 new) and Deputy Centre Superintendents (5000 new) is also one of the reasons for the fee hike, said by the board. Now competitive exams are being conducted by the newly created National Testing Agency (NTA) and hence CBSE said that it will surely neutralise the deficit.
Visually impaired students will be charged no fees.