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Schools to be rated by Independent Panels

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The government plans to establish an independent accreditation authority to rate schools, told the Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. 'At present there is no accreditation policy on schools. If any child goes to a school, he has no information how the school is. There is no agency in India to accredit them or give the school a rating,' said Sibal while outlining his 100-day plan for the education sector. 'We will explore the possibility of setting up an independent accreditation authority,' the minister said, adding that it would be on a voluntary basis in the beginning.

He added that the above step would be taken within100 days. He hoped good schools that would like to be accredited would come forward on their own. Sibal said the independent accreditation body would not face any 'interference from the government.'

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