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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    Shubham Gupta
    Jul 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    Nice article..... I am using plan my school online portal to buy online uniform and books to my younger sister. the experience was great to buy online school needs.
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      Raja Shekhar
      May 18, 2017 at 7:19 am
      My Daughter is studying in Sri Chaitanya techno school, Bangalore and the school are planning to increase the school fee by 10K this year. We have paid 55K towards tuition and other charges, if they increase 10000 more, it will come to 65K. CBSE needs to regulate the fee structure, by charging 50K per school doesn't make any difference. If CBSC regulate free structure, sel books, uniform and stationary in the school, then only it is possible to bring down the education cost for children. My elder Daughter is studying in Kendriya vidhyalaya and her books costs 1K, but for the same CBSC syllabus for another Kid in private school I am paying 5.5K. This is one example. Same difference is followed in all the categories.
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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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