BHUBANESWAR: Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Bhubaneswar region have begun the process of getting accreditation under the School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Scheme (SQAAS).
CBSE has made accreditation compulsory for all affiliated schools within three years since circulars were issued to all schools in 2014.
"None of the schools from the state has been accredited so far. But some have decided to apply and have made necessary arrangements in this regard. All requisite information is available on the CBSE website for the benefit of schools," said a senior officer in CBSE regional office in Bhubaneswar.
With an aim to set a standard for schools and to enhance the quality of education, infrastructure, human resources and performance, CBSE has introduced the school accreditation scheme. However, accreditation of schools can also be done by the agencies other than the CBSE, official sources said. The accreditation will be valid for five years.
"Our school has been accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) last year itself. So, we need not get accredited again with CBSE," said principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya-1, adding, "It's a very good initiative by the board to improve the quality of schools."
Schools have to register online for the assessment and they need to provide all necessary information such as details of students, teachers and their qualification, school infrastructure, library, and sports facilities, along with relevant proof with documents. A team of peer assessors will visit the school and crosscheck all the claims in the documents. The peer assessors will also gather data, views, and opinion from students, teachers, non-teaching staff, and parents through questionnaires.
Chairman of SAI International School, B K Sahoo said his school has also applied for the CBSE accreditation despite being accredited to NABET. "The CBSE seeks a number of documents on quality starting from fire safety, drinking water, human resources and other activities of the school. Some schools may find it difficult to comply with all the requisites," said Sahoo.
Official sources said, after the visit, the schools would be given a school quality enhancement report (SQER) and necessary action taken for improving the quality of teaching at the school.
Schools that will get score of 75% or above in the overall performance and minimum 50% in each domain, would be declared accredited by the CBSE. The name of the school will then be listed on the CBSE website under the list of accredited schools. The institutions could use the terminology "affiliated and accredited CBSE school", instead of only using "affiliated to CBSE", sources said.
"The school management has been preparing to meet all parameters as the time has come for complying with the assessment and accreditation process," said a principal of a CBSE school in the city.