AP considering fee waiver for SSC advanced exams to benefit 2 lakh students

If the government announces a fee waiver, then it would give a big mileage to the YSR Congress, say political analysts

VIJAYAWADA: The AP government is considering a waiving of the advanced supplementary exams fee to the failed SSC students. This would benefit over two lakh students in the state.

The failed students as also various political parties and organisations are urging the establishment to give grace marks to the students who failed with very less marks. The government did not respond to the call.

Official sources said the fee waiver for SSC advanced exams will be announced in a day or two, which would benefit 2,01,627 failed SSC students.

The state government is discussing the fee waiver for the failed Class 10 students who will appear for the SSC advanced supplementary examinations from July 6 to 15. The government is likely to announce the waiver in a couple of days.

The department has fixed Rs 110 as re-test fee for students who failed in three subjects and Rs 125 for students who failed in more than three subjects.

The HMs shall remit the examination fee through the HM Login on the official website of the Board of Secondary Education AP, via

The website did not receive the fee for the SSC advanced exams due to the initial decision of a fee waiver by the government. The sources said the government will return the fee to the students who paid it after the announcement of a fee waiver.

Out of 6,15,908 students who appeared for the SSC Board exams, 4,14,281 students passed (67.26 per cent) while 2,01,627 failed (32.74 per cent.) Special coaching classes are being conducted in the state for the failed students to prepare for the advanced supplementary examinations.

With more than two lakh students having failed in the SSC board exams, the government drew criticism from Opposition parties and student organisations, saying it failed in properly organising the exams.

Telugu Desam MLC Nara Lokesh and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan urged the government to give grace marks while others want the authorities to minimise the pass mark to 30 that would enable thousands of failed Class 10 students to pass the board exam. But the government was very firm on the results announced and gave a relaxation only by way of an offer to conduct the advanced supplementary exam in the first week of July. The students who pass the exam will be given a regular pass certificate instead of a compartmental pass certificate.

Political analysts say that the government will get nearly Rs 2 crore as exam fee from the two lakh students for the advanced exams. But, if the government announces a fee waiver, then it would give a big mileage to the YSR Congress. Hence the government is opting for the fee waiver.

Director of government examinations, Devananda Reddy, said the proposals were sent to the government for a fee waiver to the failed SSC students.

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