`Don’t overcharge private students for board exams’
The state education board’s Mumbai division has issued a circular, warning schools and junior colleges not to take excess exam fees from their students who appear for SSC and HSC exams privately .
Officials said the board has received complaints from students about schools and junior colleges in Mumbai, Thane and Raigad charging them at least four times the fee prescribed by the board. The board’s Mumbai division has jurisdiction over Thane and Raigad districts.
While the board charges Rs1,000 for the SSC exam and Rs500 for the HSC exam, complainants have alleged that the institutes have charged amounts ranging between Rs5,000 and Rs6,000.
Secretary of the board’s Mumbai division, SY Chandekar, said, “We have received about 15 complaints about schools or colleges, from which the students apply for the exam, demanding four to five times the regular fee. But those who complained were unable to provide proof of overcharging and so we could not initiate action against the institute.“
Chandekar, however, said that it was necessary to curb these illegal acts being carried out by educational institutes. “So, a circular has now been issued to all institutes as a warning that if it is found that they overcharge students, strict action will be initiated against them,“ said Chandekar.
According to the board, so far, around 20,000 private candidates have filled up forms to appear for the SSC exam while nearly 19,000 students are slated to take the HSC exam in 2017.
Board officials have appealed to students to insist on a fee receipt from schools or colleges as it can serve as evidence in case action is initiated against the institute.
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