CBSE asked to list inspections carried out at private schools in last 10 years

On the last Wednesday, the Madras High Court directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to give detail information about the number of surprise inspections carried out in the private schools across the country to check, whether they abide by the prescribed norms or not. The court has given them timing till this Friday. Further, Justice N. Kirubakaran asked thorough information about the schools, which are no more under the CBSE board due to some unavoidable reasons, including failure to renew the affiliation, absence of infrastructural facilities or not following the syllabus, along with the books prescribed by the NCERT.

The temporary orders were passed based on a writ petition filed by advocate M. Purushothaman about the overburdening issue that affiliated private schools have been doing for a long time. The schools stated giving more academic work than what the board has been prescribed based on the NCERT guidelines. Moreover, from the petition, it becomes clear that the CBSE board has failed in monitoring the affiliated private schools.

However, in this regard, the legal representative of the CBSE board stated in the court that the board can take action against the school only after getting the complaints. Here, the key thing is that how the board can manage 18,000 affiliated private schools with the manpower of 1,815 staff.

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At present, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to form an all new team of principals, along with the experienced educators who would look over and analyze the work of the affiliated schools across the country. The team would look into the quality of education, along with the other prescribed norms designed by the board. Moreover, the evaluation would be done on the basis of academic information and infrastructure.

Further, the CBSE said, "As a part of School Quality Assessment and Accreditation (SQAA), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided that human agents performing quality assessments will be part of an external assessment team to ensure quality education." Besides, The SQAA decided that the team that would monitor the external evaluation would be known as ‘peer assessor team', with qualified and experienced people.