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New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) should charge fees as per the laid norms of the State governments, said CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi, adding that the Board is mulling to give "accreditation" to its affiliated schools.

Speaking to media at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India in Gandhinagar, Chaturvedi said, “Our affiliation by-laws say the fee should be commensurate with infrastructure and facilities offered by the school. The quantum of fee should be on par with the (respective) State government's norms.”

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The statement of Chaturvedi came against the backdrop of a recent incident, where CBSE schools moved the Gujarat High Court against the decision of the State government to regulate fees of all private schools, including the CBSE-affiliated schools, through the Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2017, PTI reported.

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"(Information about) Fee should be put in the public domain....logical explanation should be given as to on what basis the fee is charged," he said.

Besides, Chaturvedi said the CBSE is likely to start giving accreditation to its affiliated schools. "We are discussing norms for accreditation. It will decide where the school stands in terms of quality, through a third-party evaluation. It will be then easy for parents to decide how one school is better than the other," he said.

"Results, quality of education, parents' and teachers' satisfaction, retention of teachers, index of happiness, infrastructure, fee, sports, all these parameters will form the basis to evaluate schools. We will begin the process from this academic year and implement it by next year," the news agency quoted the chairman as saying.

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