The following news has been doing rounds in social media and newspapers regarding waivers offered to Girl child for School Education in India. The news was made to appear in a way that suggested the offering is part of ‘Beti padhao, Beti bachao’ campaign which is a false reading. The parents were quite buoyed by the news and a number of queries originated related to why private schools are not obeying the directions. We however would like to clarify the myths around this news and list down the various Circulars and actual current benefits given to girl child education in India.
Below are CBSE directions related to Girl child School Education in India (in Chronological order) :
In 2005, CBSE directed the Private schools and Central schools to mandatorily give full Fee waiver (Except Meal and Transportation charges) to Single Girl child. Additionally, they requested schools to consider giving 50% fee waiver to second Girl child.
The above 2005 circular was however challenged in High court by a private school and is still awaiting judgment.
In 2006, as a result of Delhi HC’s stay on previous order, CBSE toned down and asked only Central schools to provide 100% fee waiver to single girl child. It also requested private schools to offer waiver to single girl child from class IX. Also, it brought a new scholarship scheme of 500 Rs per month for class XI and XII girl students where tuition fees is not more than 1000 Rs per month.
In 2017, CBSE modified the scholarship scheme marginally for Class XI and XII girl student by increasing the tuition fees limit to Rs 1,500 per month from Rs 1,000 per month.
So, we arrive below at the ONLY currently applicable benefits given to girl child education in India:
- Central schools to offer 100% fee waiver (except Meal and Transportation fees) to Single girl child from class VI onwards.
- Government to offer Rs. 1,500 per month scholarship to Single girl child provided she has passed class X exams with 60% marks and Tuition fees in school is limited to Rs 1,500 per month. Parents of single girl child need to fill an online form to apply for this scholarship.