Getting Admission in CBSE Schools became easier for Expatriate Students

A new move adopted by the CBSE has made the hundreds of expatriate students happy and relaxed after homecoming as the board made positive changes and relaxation in the norms for the admission in CBSE-affiliated schools in Kerala. The latest decision of CBSE will turn out to be beneficial for expatriate students coming to the native country. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has eased the norms for the admission of expatriate students in schools affiliated to the board. Initially, CBSE Regional Office in Kerala will take a call on it.

Under the 'Fly to Kerala,' initiative, the CBSE schools in Kerala can take admission of the Gulf-returnee students up to the month of November. If any admission needs to be taken after November, then a prior permission is required from the CBSE regional office. April 15 is the last date for taking admission in CBSE schools, but this strict compliance puts the parents as well as students in trouble especially those who return from abroad and Gulf countries. From the Gulf countries, usually the students return in June /July months due to their annual vacation, but during this time, joining a new school without losing a year is quite difficult and this situation made both the parents and students tensed.

This CBSE's move is well-acknowledged as it has brought smiles on the faces of many parents and students. However, to make the admission process smooth, the regional office of CBSE has also appointed the city coordinators who can guide parents, children or schools in the process of admission of the expatriate students.

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Tarun Kumar, a regional officer of CBSE said, "Many students and parents approach CBSE office seeking guidance for admission to CBSE-affiliated schools, after the April 15 deadline has passed. Since schools abroad, especially those in Gulf countries, follow a different academic schedule, the April 15 deadline is a challenge for those seeking transfer to schools here. The relaxation is expected to help several such students. Though the circular speaks only about students from Gulf countries, it would be applicable to all those coming from abroad,"

However, the CBSE circular said, "In case a Gulf student is coming from any other foreign board, equivalency of the course already passed vis-a-vis equivalent qualifications in India is required to be established in accordance with the Examination Bye-Laws,"