In view of the COVID-19 pandemic scenario, a physical inspection of schools is not feasible, the Central Board of Secondary Education has developed the virtual inspection for “up-gradation of affiliation.” The measure was taken to prevent an academic failure to the students according to a CBSE release.
The board agreed to conduct Virtual Inspection of Schools (VIOS) in session 2019-20 and 2020-21 for about 1000 cases registered for upgrade.
CBSE used to appoint an inspection committee for physical inspection of the school. “However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been shut down, making it difficult to proceed with the existing procedures of physical inspection, while the students, by virtue of natural progression, now have to continue with the next classes 9 or 11,” CBSE release mentioned.
As per the standard operating procedure, the school and inspection committee will require a smartphone or a tab, an IPAD or a laptop to conduct the virtual inspection process.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court had dismissed the plea filed by a group of students seeking cancellation of the CBSE compartmental exams. The apex court has asked parties to file a fresh writ petition if they seek to challenge the CBSE’s decision for conducting compartment exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The board has, however, not issued any dates for these exams.
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