In an attempt to ensure quality education to Indian students, the federal agency Central Board of secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to introduce a new grading system for all the schools that are affiliated with the governing body. Some of the few parameters on the basis of which the schools will be graded are:
- Basic infrastructure,
- Sports and extra-curricular facilities
- Qualification of teachers
- Overall performance in results and many more
While on the one side parents are overwhelmingly welcoming this move teachers and school authorities are of the opinion that it may spark a sense of competition among schools as each school will want a higher grade for their organization.
A Report from Times of India says “It has both positive and negative aspects. It will certainly end confusion and difficulties for parents, who go through a tough time while searching for a good school for their kids’ admission. But I also feel it would increase our problems too. Every parent and student would like to go to A graded school and it won’t be very tough to get admission in these school,” said Isha Malhotra, a parent and resident of Kitchlu Nagar.
Mona Singh, principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, said, “It will ultimately lead to an unhealthy competition. As CBSE will examine performances of schools, students would certainly be under pressure to perform and give their best. CBSE has been making efforts to give a stress-free environment to students, but such initiatives will add to the stress factor.”
According to reports from various sources a minimum marks of 15% for each category and an aggregate mark of 75% is mandatory for a school to achieve the higher rungs in the ladder and grading of schools will be done in every five years.