The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has doubled the annual sports fee for CBSE-affiliated schools. Now, schools would have to pay Rs 10,000 to the board. Earlier, the schools were sending Rs 5,000 to the CBSE's regional offices, along with the list of students interested in sports.
In a circular, the board said, "Keeping in view the objectives, changing trends in sports and price rise, the schools are asked to remit the revised annual mandatory sports fee of Rs 10,000."
The board stated that more than 1.5 lakh students were participating in CBSE inter-school sports competitions every year.
As per the circular, archery, gymnastics, rifle shooting and wushu have been included for competitions from the 2014-15 session. During the first year, competitions in these disciplines would be held directly at the national level.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Mona Singh, principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, said, "On the one hand, the board has doubled the sports fee, but on the other, it has put a cap on the school fee. If we will not increase the school fee, then how will we maintain school infrastructure as property tax is also imposed on schools? The hike in annual sports fee is not justified."
Paramjit Kaur, principal of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, said, "We don't mind paying double sports fee to the board as students are getting opportunities to participate in sports."