As the academic year 2023-24 progresses, the Maharashtra State Examination Council is facing a challenge as 119 schools in Pune have yet to complete the payment process for the annual scholarship examinations conducted for students in the 5th and 8th grades. This situation affects a total of 2,166 students who are enrolled in these schools and have applied for the scholarship examination.
The scholarship examination, scheduled for February 2024, sees the participation of students from the 5th and 8th grades. However, the payment delays, affecting both admission and examination fees, have raised concerns among education officials. The deadline for schools to submit application forms, along with the necessary fees, is November 30.
The revised fee structure, introduced by the state government’s school education department, imposes a fee of Rs 125 for backward and disabled students, while other students are required to pay a total fee of Rs 200.
The registration and application process for schools and students began on September 1, 2023, resulting in 417 schools in Pune registering for the scholarship exam. Out of a total of 12,223 students who have applied, 6,629 are from class V, and 5,594 are from class VIII. Unfortunately, the fees for 2,166 students in 119 schools remain outstanding.
Concerns have been raised regarding the tardy response from some schools, either in failing to register or not completing the necessary payments for the scholarship examination. The active involvement of schools is crucial to ensuring maximum student participation. Subhash Suryavanshi, Scholarship Coordinator at Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, mentioned that instructions have been issued to the concerned schools, and positive responses have been received from many.