Schools Are Not Commercial Entities, Stop Selling Textbooks, Uniforms , Says CBSE

Commercialization of education is always a subject of academic debates, but the most recent notification cum warning for schools from CBSE proves that government bodies are serious and strictly concerned on this hot topic among intellectuals.

CBSE has told schools that is morally, ethically and legally wrong to commercialize the premises of schools.The CBSE reminded school managements that schools had to be run "as a community service and not as a business" under its rule-book, urging them to ensure that commercialisation did not take place in the school in any way.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked schools not to sell text books and other stationary items within the school premise or through any selected vendors. In response to various complaints received from parents and stakeholders the Board has issued an advisory note and has asked schools to 'adhere to the provisions of Affiliation Bye-Laws of the Board'. The Board has listed the sale of books, stationary, uniforms, school bags, etc and has directed schools to refrain from the same.

In addition to this, the Board has emphasized on the use of NCERT text books. Complaints have been received by the Board regarding "pressure exercised" by schools to buy books other than NCERT/ CBSE. CBSE had schools to raise online indent for NCERT textbooks and more than 2000 schools had participated in that.

Recently, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that NCERT textbooks have been supplied to 2000 private schools. Nearly 20,000 schools across the country are affiliated to the education board.

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