The CBSE is likely to come up with a framework for all its affiliated schools to accredit them. The step is being taken to make sure that schools are still focusing on the quality of education rather than focusing on fancy buildings. The board has already approached the quality council of India, an autonomous body whose job is to establish and operate national accreditation structure, in this regard.
"CBSE has asked QCI to draft an approach paper to grade schools with more weightage to criterion like academic performance and learning outcomes, and reduce weightage to fancy infrastructure," an official said.This is not for the first time that CBSE is trying to come up with such framework for the schools.
In 2012, the board launched the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation, under which 12 agencies were given the duty to access and rate the schools but, later the project was junked.
"Unlike popular magazines, this will not involve ranking institutions, but rather, will establish a level of acceptable quality for all accredited schools while respecting the unique missions of the institutions involved. The standards applied for accreditation will be qualitative and can be adapted and applied to any of the types of educational institutions affiliated. The awarding of accreditation will signify that the school has met standards at an acceptable level and is willing to both maintain those standards and to improve in areas pointed out to them," the official said.