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CBSE asks schools to furnish mission statements: Will the exercise improve schools?
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi, has asked the affiliated schools to submit the 'School Mission Statement' with a maximum limit of 200 words.

"It a matter related to the school management committee and nothing to do with a teacher. They will get the mission statement drafted with some fancy words and send to the CBSE. Such things are not shared with teachers. Such activities never change anyone's mindset and work as fads to be used in the school prospectus. Schools have high sounding logos and school songs for motional purposes, yet every year, new problems in schools keep on cropping up," said a teacher in Jaipur while reacting to the communication from the CBSE and suggested that the examination board should concentrate improving its own evaluation related competence.

The precept of  drafting and displaying a  Mission Statement has its origin in business and industry management  areas which tends to defines the work culture of an organization, its objectives and its approach or strategy  to realize those objectives in terms of the expansion of business and turn over. On the other hand, a Vision Statement tends to describe the future position of the enterprise in the form of long term goals and values, inform business studies.

However, education and learning have their intrinsic values and pedagogical processes to be improved incrementally and continually and does not require a label of mission statement and expect improvement in the learning outcomes of students. Schools can improve by improving the pedagogical skills of teachers and social environment of the institution and classrooms, I feel.

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