CBSE Affiliated Schools to Follow FRC Directives

Ahmadabad: Following the revised bylaws announcement of the ministry of human resource development (MHRD), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools in Gujarat will have to follow the directives of Fee Regulatory Committee (FRC) set up by the State government.

The recent MHRD bylaws now require schools to submit two documents while applying for application – a document from the head of district education administration validating all aspects like sanitation and building safety among others; and a self-affidavit where the schools have to certify their adherence to fee norms, infrastructure norms and others.

The State has over 350 CBSE-affiliated schools and it is feared that the new bylaws will result in corruption when it comes to inspections. Besides, schools losing autonomy and bureaucratic interference will also be noticed, feel experts.

Earlier last week, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that the Board will soon start processing an application for affiliation with just a no-objection certificate (NOC) and a self-sworn affidavit in hand.

“There was a lot of duplicity of work. Earlier, once a school had the nod of the state government, the CBSE would reverify all the aspects already checked by the state government. This turned into a long-drawn process. Now the Board will not revisit any of the aspects already covered by the state government at the time of giving the school an NOC,” Javadekar had said.