The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has reduced the fee for ICSE and ISC exams to less than half.
Students in Class X and Class XII in schools affiliated with the council will have to pay Rs 1,000, instead of Rs 2,100, as the fee for the board exams next year.
A source in the council said the decision follows the postponement of a modernisation drive planned in 2010.
The exam fee had been increased then and council had started infrastructure upgrade. Online submission of exam forms, online registration of students and e-affiliation of schools were introduced and the offices automated.
“We have kept the modernisation plan on hold because of technical problems. We may increase the fee again depending on availability of funds when we implement the proposed upgrade,” the source said.
“We don’t think the students should be the charged Rs 2,100 as examination fee when the old system is still continuing,” said another source in the council.
The council has about 300 affiliated schools in Bengal and 2,000 in the country. About 1.32 lakh students had appeared in ICSE and about 33,000 in ISC this year. The number of examinees is expected to increase next year.
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