New Delhi: Providing a major fillip to uplift the educational standards, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has unanimously approved the Union Human Resource Development Ministry proposals to extend the Right to Free and Compulsory Education till Class X and prevent unfair practices in institutions. In a meeting on Tuesday, CABE also gave the green signal to HRD ministry’s initiative for National Vocations Education Qualifications Framework.

Talking to the reporters after the meeting of CABE, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, “All the decisions have been taken unanimously. It has been decided CABE meeting would be held twice a year.”

He said the Right to Education (RTE) will be extended up to secondary level. A committee comprising CABE members will be formed to prepare primary draft of the law for extending the coverage area of students under RTE. The committee will also include Ministers, Educationists and representatives of Civil Society.

After consulting the concerned authorities and people, the committee will submit its report in the next three months. Any further action in this regard would be initiated after the submission of the report.

Similarly, a committee comprising CABE members will also be constituted to prohibit unfair practices in school education. A three month time period will be allotted to the committee to hand over the report.

A group of Education Ministers of states has already formed for the National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework. Vocational Education will be of national standard, while syllabus will be prepared according to the need of states.

On the recommendation of Vice-Chancellors’ conference, the CABE has given in-principle nod on issues such as the improvement of higher education and autonomy status to the universities.