CBSE is preparing to look within. Following a proposal from the Board,the Union HRD Ministry is in the process of setting up a committee that will carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of CBSE,and suggest systemic changes in line with the changed educational environment in the country. This is the first time that Indias premier school examination board,set up in its present form in 1962,will be examined.
Top ministry officials said the government welcomed the CBSEs initiative. CBSE proposed that in view of the increasing number of students and schools in the country under CBSE and also the changed socio-economic environment,there was need to have a comprehensive re-look at the Board,its expanding role and functions,so the move, said an official.
The high-power evaluation committee will suggest changes in the examination system,affiliation process and teaching-learning methods. It will evaluate the status and nature of CBSE in view of its greatly increased responsibilities,and examine its role and functions,organizational structure,staffing and recruitment patterns. It will also scrutinise CBSEs financial management.
The committee will submit its report within three months of being set up,sources said.
From 309 schools in 1962,the CBSE now has over 10,000 schools affiliated to it in India and 21 other countries. The number is set to go up substantially over the next five years. With 6,000 model schools already announced by the HRD ministry and many being set up by the private sector,CBSEs responsibilities will widen further. There is also a sense that CBSE is at present a highly centralized body in need of organizational change to remain a model for state Boards,and to ensure high standards of classroom education and examination.