Accreditation is a mark of recognition or acknowledgement from the Quality Council of India (QCI) certifying that the school meets the standards of quality education established by it. Although school accreditation is not compulsory, still many schools in India are volunteering to get accredited as school accreditation is a means to demonstrate its effectiveness to the stakeholders and the community. Accreditation is awarded to a school on the basis of following parameters: School governance, Educational and support process and Performance measurement and improvement.
In case you are seeking accreditation for your 10+2 school in India, go through the following steps:
An application form, duly filled in by the school authority needs to be submitted to the concerned agency from which the school is seeking accreditation. You also need to submit all the required documents along with a processing fee of Rs.5000. Keep in mind that the information and the documents you are providing are correct and are attested by a gazettedofficer, failing to which the application for accreditation will be rejected.
Further, the school must be ready for a review visit by an inspection team appointed by the agency. This team is a group of professionals that conducts assessment in the school. On the basis of this assessment and inspection, the team submits a report to the governing head of the agency. A school undergoing this inspection has to fulfill the following requirements:
The school must be affiliated to a recognized board and should be run by a registered society/trust.
The school must have spacious classrooms, separate labs for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, well ventilated library, rooms for recreational activities such as music and dance.
An additional requirement for 10+2 is that the school must have trained Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) in the respective subjects.
Once the report is sent to the agency, the accreditation committee will review this report and decide whether the respective school is worthy of receiving accreditation or not.
If the accrediting agency is satisfied with the review report, the school is granted accreditation. Otherwise, the school is given suggestion to work upon the all the loopholes and prepare for the next inspection. The school must make sincere efforts to plug these loopholes in order to acquire accreditation from the governing agency.
After receiving the accreditation, the school is supposed to submit a letter of acceptance to the accrediting agency, agreeing to conform to the standards established by the agency and work for continual improvement of the school to ensure holistic development of students.
The school needs to re-apply for the continuance of accreditation after a period of four years, as accreditation is not permanent.
Note: The accreditation can be withdrawn by the agency before a period of 4 years, if the school fails to adhere to the norms laid down by the agency.
In case you are running a 10+2 school in India, it is highly advisable that you get your school accredited as it enables a school to provide quality teaching, a continuous professional development, increased interaction between students, teachers and parents etc.