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Poor quality of curriculum hindering higher education system: Parliamentary Panel

Curriculum Development

10-Sep-2013

The Economics Times

 In a strongly worded letter to all affiliated schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education

(CBSE) has warned them to comply with the website policy. CBSE has warned that students of

schools, which fail to upload the mandatory data on their websites by September 15, will be

debarred from appearing in the board exam. The central board wants schools to upload data in

a particular format and mention teachers’ salary scales, enrollment status for each class,

infrastructure available, etc on their websites.

The letter sent by the affiliation department of CBSE says, “It has come to the notice of the Board

that some of the schools have not yet developed their own website and have not uploaded the

required information. Therefore to ensure the effective compliance, the Board has now decided

to link compliance by the school with the registration of std IX and std XI candidates of each

affiliated school. The school failing to comply with the above directions will not be able to

register their candidates for board’s examination and responsibility would lie with the school

management”.

This letter comes as no surprise as the Board has been trying for more than two years to get

affiliated schools online. TOI had reported in December 2011 how the Board was extremely

miffed with the schools across the country for ignoring its circulars on setting up a website. In

2012, a lot of schools had developed their websites and even started updating it.

In Nagpur, every school has an individual website, or has a sub-page for its branch if it is part of

multi-branch school group. Random check by TOI of school websites reveal that almost all

details asked by CBSE have been uploaded. The common data missing from these websites is the

salary structure for teachers, but since there is still a week left for compliance schools cannot be

blamed for it yet.

The central government controlled Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) have complied in totality with

the CBSE guidelines. There are five KVs in and around Nagpur and each one of them, except KV

CRPF, has completed the formalities. The only thing remaining for KV CRPF is uploading details

of staff salary for which they have already created a web link.

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