CBSE Initiates Virtual Inspection of Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Central Board of Secondary Education [CBSE] has initiated a virtual inspection of schools facility for up-gradation of affiliation. This move by the board will render a great relief to schools in the current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually, the board assigns an Inspection Committee to carry out a physical inspection of the school and evaluate the condition of the school for up-gradation of affiliation.

Virtual Inspection of Schools by CBSE
Virtual Inspection of Schools by CBSE

But now, in the current pandemic scenario, the physical inspection of schools that have earlier registered for up-gradation of may not be possible as the schools aren’t functional. As a result, the Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to organize ‘Virtual Inspection of Schools [VIOS] for about 1000 cases who have applied for upgradation in the academic session 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Through an official notice, CBSE stated that ‘However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been shut down, making it difficult to proceed with the existing procedures of physical inspection, while the students, by virtue of natural progression, now have to continue with the next classes 9 or 11.’ According to the standard functioning procedure, the inspection committee, as well as the school, must have a smartphone or a tab, a laptop or an IPAD to carry out the virtual inspection procedure.

The Ministry of Education mentioned that all these schools are already affiliated with the CBSE board. The schools have been confronting problems due to the rise in the total number of students in higher classes. On Thursday, the Ministry of Education has permitted to organize virtual inspection for upgradation of secondary or senior secondary level schools. For carrying out this virtual inspection, the center will appoint fresh inspection committees.

The Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank posted a tweet on his official Twitter handle. The tweet reads, ‘Central Board of Secondary Education (@cbseindia29) has introduced the facility of virtual inspection for up-gradation of Affiliation. This step by CBSE will be a relief to schools in the challenging times of #Covid_19 pandemic.’ The Minister further added, ‘Virtual inspection will prove to be a beneficial step in the educational interest of children, saving time spent on the physical inspection and ensuring a quick and smooth process of school affiliation.’

On the other hand, the Supreme Court had declined the petition filed by a group of students from various states requesting the cancellation of CBSE compartmental exams. The Supreme Court has asked the parties to file a fresh writ petition if they want to challenge the decision of CBSE in holding the compartment exams amid the coronavirus crisis. As of now, the CBSE board hasn’t released the schedule for holding the compartment exams. Stay tuned to KVPY.ORG.IN site for more educational updates.

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