CBSE’s academic director Anurag Tripathi, in a circular issued this week, has warned that schools will face action if the deadline to comply with norms is breached. Though the policy has been around for sometime, a majority of the schools in the country do not comply with it in toto.
Since the disclosure list is very long, a majority of the schools put only some of the data on their website. This way they can technically get away by mentioning that “public disclosure” has been done.
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CBSE’s secretary Tripathi wrote, “it has been observed that in spite of clear instructions from the board, some schools are not following these provisions. It is therefore reiterated that it is imperative on the part of the school to comply with norms of not only the state school education department but also provisions of the Affiliation and Examination bye-laws of CBSE.”
Schools have to upload various documents and information related to the school’s management, various committees, staff and infrastructure. There is no need to upload verified copies on the website, however, any false information will lead to action against the school. Making such information available to the public will help increase transparency and avoid problems later.
Parents or vigilant citizens who spot discrepancy in the information put out by the school can bring it to the notice of CBSE. Contact information for the board is available on their website.
The ‘problem’, is something which state education department too learnt the hard way. Last year, a city school started operations without the paperwork being cleared by the state government. Immediately after that, the district education officer Chintaman Vanjari made it mandatory for all schools, regardless of the board, to display their U-DISE number at the entrance gate. A U-DISE number is like an Aadhaar number for schools.
For at least the last two years, all CBSE schools mention their affiliation number at both the website and even admission advertisements.