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Admission malpractices reported in CBSE affiliated schools; action on erring schools anticipated
The CBSE is once again in news for two accounts. First, it is likely to penalize 1700 schools for permitting more than 40 students per section. Secondly, bringing down pass criterion to score 33 per cent overall marks including internal and external marks for the ensuing secondary examination to ease stress on students.

Further, the CBSE has already decided to conduct its board examinations for 2019 in February for vocational subjects and in March 2019 for academic subjects.

It has come close on the heels of the malpractices in admission in higher education institution. Now, the malpractices in admissions in private schools have come to light.

"There is a need to revamp the school management committees with majority representation of staff, old students, local academicians and parents with quarterly review and planning meetings so that every aspect of education goes as per the norms, rules and standards. The schools are meant for children –not the other way round – and, they are needed to be seen as communities of learners with the CBSE and the school management committees as the support system rather than insensitive control systems," commented Prabha Kishore, a Jaipur based retired teacher after reading the news in the press.

The CBSE has already laid down the norms of section size, number of classrooms and the ratio of the students per teacher. The schools have been provided the directive for registration of classes 9 and 11 first, followed by that of students of classes 10 and 12. However, there is no local system of checks and balances as well as support for academic excellence by learners.

The CBSE has also notified changes in class 12 English question paper in the 2019 public examination. The changes have been introduced for English (Core) examination so that schools can take measures to prepare their students well by improving their classroom instruction and internal examination system.

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