CBSE warns schools against selling books, uniforms, stationery

The warning comes after receiving complaints from parents and stakeholders that schools are indulging in commercial activities by selling books and uniforms within the school premises or through selected vendors

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 3:55 pm

The Central Board of Secondary Education has issued an advisory to the affiliated schools saying the educational institutions are not commercial establishments and sale of books, uniforms and stationery by them is a violation of norms. The warning comes after receiving complaints from parents and stakeholders that schools are indulging in commercial activities by selling books and uniforms within the school premises or through selected vendors.

“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, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only,” the communication sent to schools read.

“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,” it added.

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The CBSE has also directed schools to follow only books published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). “The Board receives reports and complaints regarding the pressure exercised by schools on children and their parents to buy textbooks other than (that of) NCERT,” it said.

Recently, in a meeting chaired by the Union Human Resource Development Minitser Prakash Javadekar, CBSE has made NCERT books mandatory for next academic session. Since schools were facing shortage of books, the Board had asked schools to raise online indent.

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    Rakesh Kumar pandey
    Apr 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    Only CBSE told these types of thing, they not take any action against these. Their are so many schools in India who sells book, copy, dress and other things in their campus and it is compulsory to buy from only here. Not only these but also they paid ry to teachers differ from what they showed to CBSE , they also increases monthly fees and take handsome amount in the name of readmission.
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      Sail
      Apr 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm
      Good but still now ncert not able to provide books for cl ix english litreture & main course book in schools at jamshedpur. Why this is so. Book sellers are telling you will get those books at the end of this month tentative one & already 22 days gone without books. Rest books paper quality is worst. So what the authorities are doing waiting for complaint or what. Parents can chase for avalabilty of books at shops only cant do anything regarding printing & distribution..
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        Sakshi mahindrakar
        Apr 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm
        What is the problem if cbse schools are providing uniforms...books or any other things.....yah they are doing the commercial work but only for students of there school...not for other all schools...there is no such issue....it is actually helpfull for the parents....dont make it such a big issue....all are reacting as if they are doing commercial work untill the school gets over....the commercial work will be only for 3 months i suppose......
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          Shital vispute
          Apr 21, 2017 at 10:38 am
          The decision is very good but government should look after to follow it. In Pune (Maharashtra) some private and public school also charges high for books n uniform n shoes.plz take follow up of this decision.
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            Neha
            Apr 21, 2017 at 8:36 am
            Good
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              Suryan Nair
              Apr 21, 2017 at 8:35 am
              Dear concern, I recommend to gov Authorities to do strictly raid in Gujarat, in Kutch, hidham, CBSE affiliated school, ATMIYA VIDYA PEETH, SURVESHWAR EDU TRUST, SHINAI. ADIPUR. THE SCHOOL SOLD THE BOOKS, UNIFORM, ETC WITH heavy cost & heavy school fee, transportation fee.
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                Sonu Malik.
                Apr 21, 2017 at 6:51 am
                CBSE must provide an email address for the parents to upload videos of schools doing what CBSE does not want them to do. Else it will be seen as an eye wash. CBSE must become a ruthless enforcer of it's rules . If need be , it must shut a few schools. It​ is like setting a tough paper and failing ruthlessly, those who don't perform.
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                  Venu Edakkazhiyur
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 5:49 am
                  Warning will remain warning but CBSC schools will follow what they followed.
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                    Verghese George
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 2:11 am
                    Sharjah Indian School it seems has changed its main activity from educating children to selling text books, note books, stationery, shoes and socks and what not. They are forcing the parents into parting large sums of money under one pretext to other. this must be stopped.
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                      mahesh das
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 1:14 am
                      in Odisha most of CBSE AFFILIATED AND PATTERN SCHOOLS are directly or indirectly selling books.
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                        Prabha
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 1:08 am
                        What action does the board took so far against schools doing commercializations? How do parents get know the board took actions? My daughter's school is doing this. Where can I get help?
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                          sk
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm
                          This is why crimes continue to increase. In place of taking action, the department is still issuing advisory to the culprits. All these things are widely prevalent. These schools change books every year. The prescribed books and uniforms must be purchased by parents only from the shops recommended by the school. These schools do not follow teacher qualification and ry requirements. The teachers are paid poorly and not qualified as required by the CBSE guidelines. The commercialization of schools is complete.
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                            Mohan
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 10:09 pm
                            The uniform of a school should be fixed -- should not be changed every now and then Schools with tradition are proud of their school colors. They do not change color of uniforms every second year to make money. If any school over charges for books take them to the consumer court
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                              Dr bharti
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm
                              CBSE introduced cce pattern but there is no change in ncert books ,the ncert books read by my child is also read by my mother in her childhood. Other publishers changed books and introduced cce to the people.This is just an example there are many examples like this.🤔
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                                Dr bharti
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm
                                Is the govt try to make students knowledge less by implementing ncert books in the next academic session?😢 We should not negotiate with education other publishers have better explanation and more questions as compared to ncert books.they r ahead in compe ion with ncert books.we should not play with students career .To make India great we should increase their knowledge.this is not a joke we have to increase the knowledge of students not decrease it.ncert books which are printed 15 years earlier is similar to the book which is available now .There is no change according to the generation but other publishers have changes according to the generation
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                                  Sanity
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 9:46 pm
                                  DPS Greater Noida, a CBSE affiliated school violates all these norms, even the buses flout the rule. Parents have to buy 2 sets of books, NCERT and private publisher. The dress and bookseller is the same.vendor, and with minor tweaks in the dress every year it's impossible to byp this Nexus. I can't believe authorities don't know this ....
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                                    Joji
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:05 pm
                                    Schools should publish the list of books, name of publisher and author and pupils will buy from any book shops in the city. But they want to make money.
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                                      Joji
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm
                                      This is happening overseas as well. All the Indian schools in UAE sells books in school premise. Recently one of my friend bought books and note books approximately for AED 650/- for 8th grade from Millennium School.
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                                        DIN DAYAL
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm
                                        Let this advisory not remain another one likes the ones issued in the past . CBSE needs to be sincere in ensuring this . I suggest Cbse to announce it in newspapers telling such schools of the penalty they will face for violating this . Unless Cbse really is serious about it and spells out punitive measures , it will also remain another piece of paper .
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                                          Nikhil
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm
                                          Not a very convincing statement. If educational ins utions are not commercial establishments, and not meant for business then why was education privatised in the first place? Who own these ins utions? With no grant from the centre/state, schools which charge lesser fees find it difficult to pay enough ry to their staff. They induct untrained teaching staff who keep switching schools for better pay. The ultimate sufferers are students and their parents. You are left with no choice but to s out extra for a stable school with trained teachers. Parents don't know how much money will they be able to spare for their old age if all is spent on education and health.
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                                            Mohan
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                                            Send your child to a government school. In a country where only 25 lac persons have declared an annual income of Rs 10 lacs -- you expect those who run schools to do charity ? Yes those charging extra for books or changing color of uniform every now and then should be taken to task
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                                              Nikhil
                                              Apr 21, 2017 at 2:59 am
                                              Mr Mohan, that is what I meant!... Every private school will try to maximize their profit because they are not functioning for charity. So, when you stop them from charging extra for uniforms, books and stationaries they will try and make you pay the same amount in some or the other way; say by increasing fees for other items, like school bus, cultural programmes, field trips, mandatory afternoon lunch, etc. You can't escape their target budget. Try your level best if you want to. As for sending my child to govt. school, please be aware that every child in this country has the right to have good quality education, irrespective of the school being private or govt aided, for the rich or poor. Sadly, that is not the case in reality. Quality of education will always be compromised for larger share of students in this country. Only people who afford to pay for those extra bucks will get better education.
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                                                Sonu Malik.
                                                Apr 21, 2017 at 7:00 am
                                                Mr Mohan , When you buy milk , you pay for the milk. But it comes mixed with water. So some water is paid for by you @ milk. In the same way , parents pay fees for pure education and they don't expect the schools to earn for water ( other commercial activities).
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                                              Vijay Singh
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm
                                              A welcome advice from CBSE for errant schools, but unless this advice is followed with strict penal action for errant schools, students and their parents will continue to be fleeced by these 'teaching establishments" which call themselves as 'schools' I just hope that our dynamic PM will takes notice of this situation.
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