CBSE revamps by-laws needed for affiliations

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 25 October 2018

Javadekar said that the new by-laws denote a major shift from the highly complex procedures followed earlier, to a simplified system based on preventing duplication of processes.

Pune: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has revamped its school affiliation by-laws to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures and ease. The by-laws also seem to enforce a greater control of state over the procedure, to prevent ‘duplication’ of the process, the aspects inspected by the government will not be rechecked by the board.

Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar recently released the by-laws. He had earlier directed the board to completely revisit its affiliation by-laws to make the system more robust and quality driven. While highlighting the main changes, Javadekar said that the new by-laws denote a major shift from the highly complex procedures followed earlier, to a simplified system based on preventing duplication of processes.

One of the salient features of the revised by-laws is to correct the duplication of processes at CBSE and State government level. For issuing recognition under RTE Act and NOC, the State education administration verifies various certificates to be obtained from local bodies, revenue department, cooperatives department, etc. The CBSE re-verifies them after applications are received. This is a long process. 

To prevent this duplication, schools will now be required to submit only two documents at the time of applying for affiliation, instead of 12-14 documents being submitted earlier. The documents to be submitted include a document vetted by the head of district education administration validating all aspects such as building safety, sanitation, land ownership, etc, and another would be a self-affidavit where the school would certify its adherence to fee and infrastructure norms, etc. The board will not revisit any of the aspects vetted by the state during inspection, and the delay due to scrutiny and non-compliance of deficiencies in these documents will be drastically curtailed.

Inspection of schools will now be outcome-based, and more academic and quality-oriented, rather than focusing only on infrastructure. The entire process will be online. The inspection will be done as soon as applications are received, and on receiving satisfactory inspection report, the board will issue a Letter of Intent to the school, indicating its intention to affiliate the school.

The new affiliation by-laws also lay thrust on achieving academic excellence through mandatory teacher training. Even principals and vice principals of every school are expected to undergo two days mandatory training on an annual basis. A special category of innovative schools has been added to include specialised schools, not covered elsewhere in these by-laws, who are implementing innovative ideas in the fields of skill development, sports, arts, sciences, etc.

CBSE has 20,783 schools affiliated to it in India and 25 other countries, with over 1.9 crore students in these schools, and more than 10 lakh teachers.

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