Nagpur: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has warned the schools affiliated with it against the illegal enrolling of other institutes’ students for board exams, malpractice that unfortunately continues unabated.
Unaffiliated schools send their students to other friendly CBSE schools in lieu of money. This way their students sit for the CBSE board, though from a different institute. Since this arrangement saves those students’ ‘academic future’, parents also don’t flag the issue and due to financial kickback, even the affiliated schools go for the risk.
Last week, CBSE opened its online portal for submission of List of Candidates (LOC) by the affiliated schools, in which principals have to mention all details of students registered on their rolls. According to official CBSE terminology, the arrangement is termed ‘sponsoring students’.
CBSE’s controller of examination, Sanyam Bhardwaj, stated in the circular that “schools should sponsor only their own candidates”. The controller reminded the principals that it was their duty to ensure that students are not from any unaffiliated or unauthorized schools.
The CBSE cited the board’s Affiliations Bye-Laws 2018 and provisions under section 14.2 which mentions that every school has to send a LOC with names of students enrolled in Std IX-XII.
Schools found involved in such practices are liable to face disaffiliation. “First of all, it’s very difficult for CBSE to find out, unless someone from within the school complains. Secondly, proving it through paperwork is not as easy hence the onus lies on the principal to avoid getting into such legal problems,” a retired teacher was quoted as saying by The Times of India.