Number of CBSE schools triple in the last 18 years

CBSE school numbers triple in 18 years

In the last 18 years the number of schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has tripled in number, with Delhi having majority of CBSE schools. School boards in the country include local, national and international ones.

In terms of the number of CBSE schools, Delhi is followed by UP, Haryana, Kerala and then Punjab. In the past three years there has been about 67% rise in the number of CBSE-affiliated schools. In Maharashtra alone, there are more than 500 CBSE schools at present. In the Chennai region, numbers of CBSE schools are growing on a yearly basis as a result of new schools being set up in the region.

In the year 1996-97, there were 4,843 schools affiliated to the CBSE, which has increased to 15,000 at present. The majority of the growth is from independent and private schools. During 2001-02 there were around 6,293 affiliated schools, which increased to 13,898 in March 2012-13. Most of them were independent institutes, of which the numbers increased from 3,483 during 2001-02 to 10,920 before the end of 2013.

According to CBSE school officials, the reason for the popularity of the CBSE boards is the educational and administrative upgradation, which takes place periodically for the betterment of the students. About 98% of the schools which apply for CBSE affiliation are newly established ones. From 2005, the entire process of affiliation is conducted online and information is sent through electronic mail.

As CBSE is a national board, students who need to shift cities are spared the trouble of continuing their education under a new board. CBSE syllabus, at higher level classes, are designed along the lines of the competitive entrance examinations for various professional courses.

As per the recent update by the School Education Department, the schools affiliated to the CBSE will use only National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) published books to teach their students.

Some of the academic reforms undertaken and implemented by CBSE are the biggest draw, say officials. Some them include the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system, the Problem Solving Assessment (PSA), school-based examination for Class X, up-gradation of syllabus to contemporary levels, etc. The board has introduced various methods that are student-friendly, to make the overall academic experience stress-free for the students. The boards has also issued some guidelines for faculty to deal effectively with instances of misbehaviour taking place in the class.

Number of CBSE Schools (State-wise)
State March 2010 March 2013  
Uttar Pradesh1,2731,723
Kerala  8391,044
Punjab  635878
Maharashtra300 502 
All-India Total 10,83613,898

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