CBSE amends bylaws in line with RTE rules

30 Sep

New Delhi 11,000 schools including those abroad told to implement changes, screening procedure of students and parents scrapped

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has amended rules in its affiliation and examination bylaws, besides the screening process during admission, so they can fall in line with provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The board sent a circular recently to all the heads of its affiliated schools, stating: “In pursuance of the implementation of the Right of Children to Compulsory Education, which came into force in 2010, the CBSE has amended/added rules in its affiliation and examination bylaws to be in consonance with the provisions of the said Act.”

CBSE has told all its 11,000 schools, including institutions in India and abroad, to make a note of all the amendments and “bring the same to the notice of everybody concerned”. In rule 11.1 of the affiliation bylaw, which deals with school admissions, CBSE has made an addition.

Made in accordance with Section 13 (1) of the RTE Act, the addition deals with the issue of admissions.

The current rule says: “Fee charges should be commensurate with the facilities provided by the institution. Fees should normally be charged under the heads prescribed by the Department of Education of the state/UT for schools of different categories. No capitation fee or voluntary donation for gaining admission in the school or for any other purpose should be charged/collected in the name of the school. In case of such malpractices, the board may take drastic action, also leading to the disaffiliation of the school.”

In the amended bylaw, the CBSE has added: “The school should not subject any child or parent or guardian to any kind of screening procedure.”

In consonance with Rule17 of the RTE Act, CBSE has made additions on the issue of harassment of students, with the inclusion of mental harassment. While the existing affiliation bylaw reads “He/she will be charged with cruelty towards any student or any employee of the school,” the amended bylaw goes, “He/she is charged with cruelty/physical punishment or mental harassment towards any student or any employee of the school.”

Another amendment concerns the change of syllabi at the middle-school level. While the existing bylaw says, “the request for approval of middle school syllabus should be made only at the level of class VI,” the new rule clearly stipulates: “The request for approval of middle school syllabus should be made when the school has reached the Class V level.”

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