According to a circular by the Directorate of Education, the Delhi government has cut the budget to conduct exams in schools it runs from Rs 125 per student to Rs 90 for 2022-23.
Sources in the DoE claim that the exam expenses will be reviewed. If necessary, a “supplementary grant”, which would cover “exam-related expenses”, would be made during the second term.
“All Heads of Government Schools of Directorate of Education have been informed that Rs 90 per Student from Class 1 through Class 11 has been allocated to schools for conducting exams for the year 2022/23,” read the circular dated September 16.
Further, it stated that due to “shortage in budget”, expenditures are restricted to Rs 90 per student rather than Rs 125.
It stated that “Demands for an additional budget will not been entertained”.
Sant Ram, the district secretary (West A) of the Government Schools Teachers’ Association stated that “since the daily cost of everything has increased, further budget cuts in education by the government will be yet another problem to the schools.”
He spoke out about how the budgets for education have been cut by the city government. However, he also stated that funding has been reduced in other areas.
Since the (COVID-19 pandemic) struck, the government has been cutting funds. Ram stated that the government has also stopped holding local tours every year.
He said that local tours were stopped in 2020 due to the Covid epidemic, and resumed for Classes 8 and 9.
The DoE issued a circular on September 9 stating that the annual tours for Classes 8 & 9 would be stopped and that revised norms and guidelines will be published for local tours with approval from the competent authority.
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