All schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in MP will now have to compulsorily provide their geo-tagged photos and building and transport safety certificates --- all of them online so that parents can make informed decisions while selecting schools for their children. Schools will have to comply with the CBSE directive by November 30.
‘Geo positioning and video clippings for affiliated schools will help in not only pin pointing the locations of schools for examination purpose but also detecting if wrong photos are being used by schools to get their affiliation’ said Indore Sarvoday schools chairperson Manoj Bajpai, adding earlier the data used to be collected at the time of affiliation only but now it has been made yearly with a single form.
The online affiliated school information system (OASIS) form, which is divided into eight parts, seeks information related to building safety such as number of fire extinguishers, sprinkles, fire alarms with their validities, and sanitation-related information such as how many water purifier does a school have, number of toilets for differently-able persons, names of nearest hospitals, police stations, metro stations, number of computers and digital class rooms in schools. In addition, the OASIS form also seeks information on transport facilities such as the number of vans/buses along with number of females attended for bus duty. Other information such as name and the number of head of sexual harassment committee has also been sought by the CBSE.
The education board will utilise the information to conduct various academic programmes and workshops such as leadership programmes for principals and capacity building programmes for teachers. In addition, information will also be used to conduct sports events, science exhibitions.
‘The response from schools has been overwhelming. After an internal review held at the CBSE, it has been decided that the education board will make it a regular feature to collect important information online as it will ensure transparency for parents to choose the school for their wards at the time of admission’ said the CBSE web site.