The deadline has passed, but many Central Board of Secondary Education-affiliated schools in the city are yet to set up websites as per the board’s norms.
A CBSE circular last month asked schools without websites to set up one before July 17 and warned that defaulters would face action. The circular, a reminder of the 2010 order, said, “defaulters will not be able to register candidates for board examinations and the responsibility would lie with the management.”
Some schools still don’t have websites and there is no system to monitor the institutions. “The affiliation board in New Delhi takes care of the website programme. The rule is especially for affiliated private schools to ensure they have websites that are accessible and informative to parents and the public,” said D T S Rao, CBSE regional director, Chennai region.
He said the board would check the affiliation by-laws followed by schools when the board exam process began. “We also conduct surprise periodic checks on schools,” he said.
The websites must include details about the school infrastructure, transport facilities, number of buses, fee structure, management members, teachers’ qualification and salary details, according to the circular. It emphasises that schools update their annual reports before September 15 every year. “Salary details are important to make sure teachers get paid properly,” said Rao adding that some schools don’t follow the state or central government pay scales.
Several schools do have sites but it takes more than a few clicks to find their existence and in some cases, they don’t turn out to be useful. “We revamped our website this February,” said Modern Senior Secondary School principal K Mohana. “We had a website set up four years ago but it was unsatisfactory. Now, we have a regular update system.”
Websites can be a boon especially for working parents seeking details about their wards, including about homework. “My son’s school has a website. But, it would be useful if we have PTA groups on the websites like in the case of some popular city schools,” said Lakshmi R, a bank employee. “Through this, we’ll be able to stay in touch with other parents, know about events and activities in the school.” (TOI)