Bhubaneswar: The State Government on 2nd October had decided to waive the examination fees for high school board and +2 students in all the 21 flood-hit districts and not to collect tuition fees of students who were yet to pay, as the State set itself a target of 45 days for spending Rs 1,208 crore on restoration and reconstruction work of flood-hit districts.

However, Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Orissa, announced on Saturday to increase the examination fees of Plus II students by Rs 15 per student. This move of the Government has resulted in wide resentment from students as it came as a shocking news for students, especially in flood-affected areas.
As said by CHSE controller of examination Jasobanta Behera, “We are yet to receive any such communication from the government about the fee waiver”.

On an average, about 2.5 lakh students appear for the Plus II examination in different streams annually. So if we calculate at the rate of Rs 165 per student, the examination fee is expected to generate revenue of about Rs 4 crore. On the other hand the council spends around Rs 2 crore in conducting the examinations.
After the damage caused by the twin floods, this decision of the State Government seems to have added more to the agony of the people of flood hit areas. Many Student organizations have staged demonstration, in demand of complete fee waiver for Class X, XII and Plus III students in flood-affected districts, besides a financial package for the students.