Published: 01st August 2019
Stick to mandated student-teacher ratio in classrooms: CBSE to schools
Through the circular, the board has come up up with comprehensive standard operating procedure which makes it mandatory for schools to share details of new admissions in classes IX and XI
The Central Board of secondary Education has decided to tighten noose around nearly 20,000 schools affiliated under it if they violate the rule of having more than 40 students in a classroom. The board has decided that schools will not be allowed to let more than 40 students per classroom register for class X and Class XII board examinations starting session 2020-2021.
Officials in the country's largest education board explained that while its affiliation bye-laws Act, the maximum strength permissible in a classroom is 40, schools often flout the clause. Under the Right to Education act, pupil teacher ratio for primary classes and upper primary classes are 30: 1 and 35:1 respectively.
"It's often caught at the at the time of registration-in classes Ix and XI- when it emerges that there are more students per section," said a senior CBSE official. The decision by the board comes following a clarification sought by the schools in view of a recent circular by the CBSE for admissions in classes IX and XI.
Through the circular, the board has come up up with comprehensive standard operating procedure which makes it mandatory for schools to share details of new admissions in classes IX and XI. This, said officials, has been done as it was noticed that many schools have a sudden spurt in admissions after class X-possibly due to tie up of coaching institutes and schools.
"The SOPs have been primarily put in place to safeguard the interests of the children and to get schools to share details of admissions they are offering ahead of the board examinations," an official said. It has been observed by the board that many students also change school while they are studying in Class IX or XI in Secondary and Senior Secondary schools on the grounds of shifting of family, better education, distance between residence and school, medical ground, change of educational board among others, said officials.
"Requests are even made at the fag end of the academic session for change of school. Last minute shifting of school does not provide conducive educational environment to students, as they are not well acquainted with new classmates and teachers," read the circular.