Foreign education providers: HRD?s next target
With OBC quota, it is foreign education providers that has caught imagination of the HRD ministry. The ministry plans to bring in a slew of regulations for FEPs in the next one year.india Updated: Aug 16, 2006 13:06 IST
With OBC quota, it is foreign education providers (FEP) that has caught imagination of the HRD ministry. The ministry plans to bring in a slew of regulations for FEPs in the next one year.
It will start with higher education, to be followed by online education and then school education. Unlike higher education, where penetration of FEPs has been limited to online courses, the schools are fast moving towards affiliation to the international board of examination.
It has been so fast that close to 100 schools have sought affiliation to foreign boards in the past five years as against a total of 179 such schools in India. “This is probably because most of these foreign boards are recognised by universities in United States and England therefore helping the students in getting easy admission to the top colleges,” a ministry official said.
Most of the schools like GD Goenka World School and Symbiosis International School also charge exorbitant fee for the delivery education as par with western norms. “All these schools are doing well,” a comment that attributes the fast moving trend for foreign boards.
About 31 schools have taken affiliation from International Baccalaureate Organisation, remaining are affiliated to different boards. Most of the schools affiliated are till the higher secondary level.
More schools seeking affiliation to foreign boards has forced the ministry to look into the issue.