In a significant move towards achieving the goals outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced the School Quality Assessment and Assurance (SQAA) framework. This initiative aims to set standards for excellence in school education and bring about transformational change in CBSE-affiliated schools.
The SQAA Framework: The SQAA framework is designed to facilitate the self-assessment of schools across various parameters, including curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, infrastructure, inclusive practices, human resources, management, governance, leadership, and beneficiary satisfaction. This comprehensive approach ensures a holistic evaluation of school functioning.
Integration of SQAA Framework: CBSE has mandated the implementation of SQAA for all its affiliated schools starting from the academic session 2023-2024. Schools seeking new affiliations, switchovers, upgradations, or extensions for the session 2024-25 and onwards are required to undergo prior self-assessment against the SQAA framework on the SARAS portal.
Key Implementation Details:
Schools are expected to conduct self-assessment on the SQAA portal annually between April 1st to December 31st, 2023.
Fresh affiliation and switchover applicants must complete the SQAA as part of filling out Part C of the online form.
Schools applying for upgradation or extension (excluding fresh affiliation and switchover) are required to undertake SQAA during the application process along with Part A of the online form.
Objectives of Integration:
The integration of the SQAA framework serves two primary objectives:
Self-Assessment and Reflection: Schools are provided with an opportunity to assess themselves, emphasizing reflection, identification of gaps, and the formulation of plans for improving systems and processes.
Fostering a Learning Culture: The SQAA framework aims to encourage schools to create and sustain a learning culture that supports continual development.
The CBSE's initiative to integrate the SQAA framework underscores its commitment to elevating the standards of education in affiliated schools. By fostering self-assessment and encouraging a learning culture, CBSE aims to bring about positive and transformative changes in the education ecosystem.
(Note: Credit for this news goes to Times of India)