Delhi HC Trashes PIL Against CBSE’s Enhanced Exam Fees


New Delhi: A PIL that said that poor children studying in classes X and XII at government schools would not be able to afford the board exam fees and asked for a direction to the AAP government to pay as it had done in the past was dismissed by the Delhi High Court on Friday.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said there was no right for full or partial waiver of examination fees and it was the government’s decision whether it can foot the bill based on the facts and circumstances of each year and the other priorities of the administration, reported news agency PTI.

The court was not inclined to pass an order to the government to fully or partially waive the exam fees and it saw no reason to entertain the petition. “With these observations, the petition is dismissed,” the court was quoted as saying by the agency.

Parents Forum for Meaningful Education, a society, filed the petition contending that the CBSE “arbitrarily” hiked the exam fees in 2019-20 and was charging the same in 2020-21 too when everyone has been financially hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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