With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announcing a fee hike for students of class 10 and 12, the All School Parents Association Jharkhand has decided to launch a protest against the same.
For students belonging to the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (SC/ST) category, the board has increased the fees from Rs 50 to Rs 1,200 while the amount has been doubled for those in the general category who will now have to pay Rs 1,500 to appear for the board examinations.
“All the elected members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand will be given a memorandum by the association so that it reaches the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The CBSE coordinator in Ranchi will also be presented a memorandum on August 16 regarding the same,” said Federation of Parents Association, General Secretary, Ajay Rai.
According to Rai, the protest will continue till the new fee structure is withdrawn. “The fees of private schools are already quite high. With the new fee hike of CBSE schools, it will further harass the parents. The board already receives a good amount of royalty from its affiliated schools and it is unfair to raise the fees. The new fee hike will compel the parents to think before sending their children to a CBSE school,” he said.
As per the association official the Government should interfere in this matter and take steps so that education reaches every child in India. The policy of ‘one education, one board’ should be implemented by the Centre Rai further added that in Jharkhand there are about 9- 10 lakh students studying in CBSE schools and around 2 lakh appear for the class 10 and class 12 board examinations.