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Reconsider CBSE’s sharp fee hike decision: CM to Centre

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday wrote to Union Human Resources Development Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank requesting him to reconsider the CBSE’s decision on sharp hike in examination fees of Class-X and Class-XII students.

The Chief Minister said that the decision has caused resentment among parents and other stakeholders.

In the letter to Nishank, Patnaik wrote, “You may be aware that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Ministry of HRD, has recently caused a sharp hike in the examination fees of Class-X and Class XIII students causing resentment among parents and other stakeholders. The abnormal rise, specifically of the fees in respect of SC &ST students by 24 times has come as a shock.”

“You may know that Odisha Government has opened more than 200 English Medium Model Schools affiliated to CBSE in rural areas for the benefit of economically and socially under-privileged sections of the society. This decision is bound to result in acute hardship to them,” said Patnaik.

“Therefore, I request you to prevail upon CBSE to reconsider their decision in the interest of people. In hope and trust you will look into the matter personally and do the needful,” urged the Chief Minister.

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