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India to regulate international school boards


New Delhi: India is set to regulate international school boards like International Baccalaureate (IB) that are giving affiliation to schools in the country but are out of the purview of the government accountability system.

A high-powered meeting, attended by secretaries from various ministries, Thursday discussed the issue and related matters. The meeting was held under the aegis of the human resource development (HRD) ministry.

“We want everything to be transparent. If any school board is entering India and providing affiliation, they must be accountable,” a senior HRD ministry official told IANS.

More than 250 schools, mainly in metro cities, are operating under the boards of Cambridge International Examinations and International Baccalaureate.

“These schools add an ‘international’ to their name and god knows what kind of education they are providing to the students. We want to know if these schools have the required infrastructure and qualified teachers as claimed by them,” the official said.

“There need to be certain standards across the board,” he added.