Odisha Government Waives Class 10 Exam Fee
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the waiver of the Class 10 examination fee for students taking the exam in May. This decision was taken to ease the burden caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The decision would benefit six lakh students. The government would bear ₹27 crores towards the exemption. This exemption is done in the students’ greater interest,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a statement. The matriculation exam is scheduled to begin in the state from May 3 this year.
The Chief Minister also declared that the education sector was one of the worst impacted during the pandemic as students could not attend physical classes for nine months.
As per regulation, every candidate appearing in the annual high school certificate examination was supposed to pay Rs 420 for filling up the applications. However, this fee has been waived off completely.
“No student will be denied the opportunity to appear in the annual board examination for class 10 due to financial constraints,” Patnaik said.
Earlier this week, the state government had ordered the reopening of schools for the final year students of Class X and XII from January 8. The decision was made keeping in view the decline in the new COVID-19 cases in Odisha.
Debi Ranjan Tripathy, the ruling BJD students wing state president, had asked the CM to consider waiving the exam application payment. Tripathy had stated that many students could not afford to pay the exam fees while filling up the application due to the financial stress caused by the pandemic.
Notably, the Odisha government had also made arrangements for free transport and accommodation for the students appearing in NEET, JEE exams in the state late last year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.