Thiruvananthauram: The government has initiated steps to grant permission for new CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) schools.
As the first step, a notification has been issued, calling for No Objection Certificate (NOC) application from schools.
The original policy decision of the government was not to grant permission to new unaided schools. The managements of private schools moved the High Court against this decision, and the court issued orders asking the government to consider applications.
Although the government filed an appeal against this decision, the court directed the government to take a decision before March, and give approvals subject to conditions. The court had already approved the guidelines prepared by the government as asked by the court.
The invitation for NOC requests contains 32 conditions in line with the guidelines. The criteria have been prepared along the lines of CBSE guidelines of last year. The schools have to furnish 16 documents together with the applications.
Only currently functioning schools, having completed the stipulated length of service will be considered, and NOC will be issued to charitable societies who have the financial strength to run a school, and public trusts.
The required infrastructure is explained in the guidelines. The institutions should strictly comply with CBSE affiliation regulations in the matter of teachers' qualifications and terms of service including salary. Teachers should be paid salary on a par with those in government service. Five hundred managements who had paid the fees and applied, will be those mainly considered this time.
The schools should submit to the DEOs their application in line with new guidelines. DEOs will submit their recommendation on schools found eligible, to the Director of Public Instruction who will then prepare a final list. On the basis of the final list, the government will issue the NOC's.