The application fee of Rs 800 needs to be remitted online. The fee for women and those in the scheduled categories is Rs 400.
The board did not cite any reason for the sudden change in norms when the exams are underway.
The minister toughened his stand, following the Education Department's report stating that 5,000 teachers and staff have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Though the Kerala High Court in 2010 had issued a verdict favouring referendum for recognition of unions, the state government had delayed the process till now.
The aim is to provide laptops to 4.71 lakh children across 14 districts through the Vidya Kiranam project.
The exam was conducted at 415 centres located in Kerala, other places in India such as Delhi and Mumbai and Dubai.
The Kerala government has issued an order for providing laptops to students on instalment basis at a reduced price as part of the Vidyashree Scheme.
The controversy centered around the sole issue of whether an M.Ed. Degree can be treated as an equivalent degree to M.A. (Education).
Non-profit volunteers, mostly students or young professionals who give few hours each week to teach voluntarily, play a significant role in delivering quality education to children.
Minister Raveendranath gave the assurance during a phone-in programme organised by Malayala Manorama in which he addressed the queries raised by students, teachers and parents.