Thiruvananthapuram: CBSE has changed its affiliation rules by making the disclosure of fee on the school website mandatory.
The website of the schools should declare that there are no hidden costs in their fee structure.
The school should not ask parents to buy uniforms, books and other items from their store.
If schools do not adhere to these rules, they can be disaffiliated. The new affiliation by-law clearly states that fee is to be charged as per the regulation of the appropriate government and fee revision shall be subject to laws.
The focus of the CBSE will also change with a shift to mapping learning outcomes in schools. This meant assessing the quality of learning among students will be the priority.
For the purposes, CBSE will send teams to schools for surveys. This would act as parameters for ranking. If any school is found lagging on any of the parameters set by the board, it can be disaffiliated for a minimum of six months.
The inspection will focus on academic excellence and progress of students over time, innovations and quality of pedagogy, the capacity of teachers and teacher training, inclusive practices in school, quality of co-scholastic activities, whether the curricular load is as per norms, whether there is an adequate focus on sports and games.
The affiliation process has also changed. Earlier, once a school applies, it has to get the NOC from the state government based on which the CBSE would re-verify all the aspects already checked by the state government for the second time. 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 reducing the paperwork drastically from 14 documents to just two documents to be filed at the time of application. This will shift the focus of the CBSE from affiliation related works to quality check process, said sources.