As a step towards providing relief to the parents of students studying in the CBSE affiliated schools, the board has decided to cut down the burden of expenses borne by them. The Central Board of Secondary Education has issued a notice to all the schools with immediate effect. The subject line of the notice states – “Advisory to schools not to indulge in commercial activities by way of selling of books, stationary, uniforms, school bag etc and to adhere to the provisions of Affiliation Bye-Laws of the Board.” This notice has been issued to the educational institutes in order to differentiate them with commercial establishments.
The notice reads – “The board has taken a serious view of the complaints and the schools are directed to desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy text books, note books, stationary, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only.”
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The notice further adds, “CBSE norms mandate that schools are run as community service and not as a business and that commercialisation does not take place in the school in any shape whatsoever. Educational institutions are not commercial establishments and their sole purpose is to provide quality education.”
In an earlier notice, the board advised all schools under it to stick to the books that are being published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). However, that was not done as the board received many complaints regarding the same. Addressing this issue, the notice said, “The Board receives reports and complaints regarding the pressure exercised by schools on children and their parents to buy textbooks other than NCERT/CBSE. ”
A recent example of things going wrong was seen earlier this month when the board lodged a complaint with the police against a private publisher regarding the content in a class 12 Physical Education textbook.