Pune: Maharashtra State Board Announces Examination Fee Waiver for Students in Drought-Hit Areas

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Pune, 26th March 2024: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education has initiated an examination fee waiver for students in drought-prone areas of the state, offering relief to class 10th and 12th students. State Board Secretary Anuradha Oak announced this measure through a press release, citing the declaration of drought-like conditions in 40 talukas across 15 districts, affecting 1021 revenue divisions.

Under this scheme, regular students of classes 10th and 12th are required to furnish necessary eligibility information, along with Aadhaar-linked bank account details, to their respective schools or junior colleges for online fee reimbursement. The reimbursement will be facilitated through RTGS or NEFT.

This scheme extends to students of government schools, private-aided schools, and unaided schools, excluding self-financing institutions. Schools and junior colleges are mandated to maintain all relevant documents pertaining to the Examination Fee Reimbursement Scheme.

Effective implementation of the scheme hinges on the timely submission of information to the State Board by Headmasters, Principals, Education Officers (Secondary), Divisional Deputy Directors of Education, and Divisional Board Secretaries.

Highlighting the importance of accurate information submission, Oak emphasized that any discrepancies or errors in bank account details may deprive students of fee reimbursement. Therefore, the responsibility falls squarely on the concerned Headmasters and Principals to ensure accurate and timely submission of complete information.