Policy Reforms for the Ease of Opening Schools

CCS has consistently advocated for easing regulations to promote the ease of opening and running schools in India. Our policy research and reform recommendations have also asserted the need for a shift to learning-outcomes based school regulations, and a move away from the input-centric norms of the RTE. In a big win for us, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) recently introduced reforms in the CBSE affiliation process, reorienting focus to learning outcomes. The earlier affiliation process only took into account infrastructural compliance validated by a No Objection Certificate (NOC) inspection done at state level and by CBSE at the national level. MHRD has now mandated an inspection of learning outcomes by the CBSE, in addition to to the NOC for infrastructure from the District Education Officer.

This reform stands to ensure that there is no duplication in the process, assert the need to focus on student learning, and promote transparency through the shift to an online process of affiliation.