The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that the Board intends to turn its accreditation process into a fully online process in the foreseeable future. According to CBSE official, such a technological boost will eventually ensure real time communication amongst the various stakeholders, which in turn will lead to more transparency in the overall process.
The Board has already made it mandatory for every school to get accreditation from the 2014-15 academic session. According to the guidelines published by the CBSE, the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation (SQAA) process will be based on two parameters: infrastructure and academics.
According to reports, the Board will soon select a private vendor to build, commission and maintain the overall technological solution required for the SQAA to function seamlessly.
In order to apply for the SQAA certificate, schools must send a letter of intent to the Board. The CBSE then will appoint an empanelled agency, tasked with the responsibility to assist the partaking schools during the process. This agency will continue serving as the main “helpline” for the school in question right till the end.
The school will require filling up an online SQAA form with all necessary details pertaining to its academic practices and infrastructure. This is going to be an exhaustive list, requiring a minimum of two weeks of work by the school before the relevant data are submitted through the online form.
The Board also appoints a PAT, acronym for Peer Assessor Team, comprising Principals who evaluate the documents submitted and grade them. Only those schools receiving a score of 50 per cent or higher, will be eligible for an on-site visit by the PAT. Following the visit, the school’s performance in recorded in a report card which is then shared with the CBSE (and later with the school).