Child rights body seeks fee relief for govt school kids – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With just a few days remaining for students of classes X and XII to pay the CBSE examination fee, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has written to the board asking for waiver or relaxation of 75% for government school students. Meanwhile, a parents’ body has crowdfunded Rs 4,47,000 for the 190 students of a government school in Moti Bagh.

Many people have chipped in to help the students, inclu ding an eight-year-old boy who collected Rs.1.8 lakh through a crowdfunding website, Milaap. Adhiraaj Sejwal, the son of a government school teacher, will be donating the money to a government school in south Delhi’s Begumpur. Sejwal is a student of Amity International school.

The education department had also issued a circular, saying that the contributions of people to schools and the department is most welcome in the interest of the students. Unlike last year, this year Delhi government is not paying the examination fees of the students in their schools.

In the letter to CBSE, DCPCR chairman Anurag Kundu, said, “The loss in jobs and income has most drastically hit the unorganised informal sector, which is the biggest employer of the families of the children studying in government schools. The rising unemployment and poverty is making it difficult for the children and their families in Delhi to pay the CBSE board examination fee for classes X and XII. The commission to has received multiple requests from parents for relaxation of fees as otherwise, they may have to pull the children out of schools. The commission urges you to waive off the registration fees for the children studying in government schools by at least 75%.”

All India Parents Association said that the organisation started started crowdfunding for as many students as they can fearing dropout in schools. AIPA president and advocate Ashok Agarwal has also filed a petition in the Supreme Court. “The school in Moti Bagh was the first we came in touch with. The collection is still going on and we will be paying for more students,” said Agarwal.

In a letter to the department, AIPA said, “In case the fees have already been submitted by students, we would like to refund to the students, which they may use for their other necessities related to their education. We understand that most such students might have taken a loan to pay the fees.”

Sejwal’s campaign has, however, four more days for completion. “From the money collected till now, I will be able to pay for 90 students of the school,” said the eight year old. The cheque would be handed over on Monday to the school. The last date for fee submission is October 15.

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