THE CENTRAL Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has amended its affiliation norms making it mandatory for schools to disclose fee structure and not levy any hidden charges on parents, failing which the institution can lose it affiliation.
Under the revamped bylaws, the application process has been made simple. The CBSE has reduced the paperwork drastically —from 14 documents to just two documents to be filed at the time of application.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Thursday, Javadekar said that in future getting a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the state government along with a self-sworn affidavit by the applicant would be enough for the Board to process an application for affiliation. The NOC would essentially be a document vetted by the district education officer validating aspects such as building safety, sanitation and land ownership, among other things.
The affidavit, on the other hand, would certify whether the school is following the CBSE’s infrastructure and fee norms.
“There was a lot of duplicity of work. Earlier, once a school had the nod of the state government, the CBSE would reverify all the aspects already checked by the state government. This turned into a long-drawn process. Now the Board will not revisit any of the aspects already covered by the state government at the time of giving the school an NOC,” said Javadekar.
Inspection of schools, the minister said, will not be based on academic indicators and learning outcomes. There are currently 20,783 schools affiliated to CBSE in the country.