Supreme Court dismisses plea for CBSE board exam fee waiver

SC stays Bombay HC’s order under POCSO

A plea seeking a direction to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Delhi government to waive examination fees for students of classes 10 and 12 in the current academic year was dismissed by the Supreme Court on November 17, 2020. The plea was filed in the Supreme court by an NGO following the problems being faced by the parents of the students due to the ongoing pandemic.

The bench, which comprised justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy, and MR Shah, dismissed the petition filed by NGO ‘Social Jurist’ against the September 28 order of the Delhi High Court. “How can the court direct the government to do this? You should give a representation to the government…Dismissed,” the bench was quoted as saying in a media report.

The High Court has directed the Delhi government and SBSE to take the PIL as a representation and decide something about it. The court has also said to the government to follow the law, rules, regulations, and policies while taking any decision about the matter.