The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Delhi government to waive off the examination fees for students of classes X and XII in the current academic year.

The petition was filed by Social Jurist, an NGO seeking a waiver of the examination fees in view of financial problems being faced by a few parents during the ongoing pandemic.

A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah dismissed the petition filed against the September 28 order of the Delhi High Court.

“How can the Court direct the government to do this? You should give a representation to the government… Dismissed,” the bench said.

The high court had asked the Delhi government and the CBSE to treat the PIL as a representation and take a decision “in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policy applicable to the facts of the case” within three weeks.

The petition also said the high court order had denied relief to 30 lakh students across the country.

It said that funds from the PM CARES Fund can be utilised to pay the examination fees of these students.

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