GUWAHATI, Oct 15: The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) has hiked High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Assam High Madrassa (AHM) examination fees by Rs 150. The new fee structure will be effective in the HSLC and AHM examinations, 2019.
The board took the decision at its meeting held on October 6, 2018 and notified it on October 8. The HSLC/AHM examination fee for 2019 has been fixed at Rs 650 against Rs 500 in 2018. Even though centre fee and practical examination fee have been kept unchanged at Rs 300 and Rs 150 respectively, the annual recognition fee per school has also been hiked by Rs 300 to Rs 800 for 2019 against Rs 500 in 2018. This fee is being paid by schools.
Meanwhile, the online filling up of HSLC/AHM examination forms will start from October 25 and close on November 15, 2018.
However, following an instruction from the State Government, candidates from BPL families will get exemption of fees.
Earlier, the SEBA hiked the fee for correction of admit cards, registration certificates, pass certificates, mark sheets etc up to Rs 300 from Rs 100. This hike has been made effective from October 15, 2018.
Meanwhile, the guardians of HSLC/AHM students are a worried lot with the hike in fees, especially the treble hike in correction fee. A section of the aggrieved guardians wants to say that with the steep hike in correction fee the Board is out to burn holes in the pockets of middle class and lower middle class families. Officials in SEBA are infamous for making innumerable mistakes in admit cards, pass certificates, mark sheets etc and the guardians of students, as often as not, are made to cough up extra bucks for no fault of theirs.