New Delhi, April 21: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has warned schools affiliated to it that educational institutions are not businesses and warned them against selling books, uniforms and stationery, citing it as a violation of norms.
The whiplash comes in the wake of complaints that schools are engaged in such activities within the school premises and through selected vendors. It also directed schools to use books published by NCERT only. Following complaints about shortage of NCERT books, the CBSE had asked schools to raise online indent for NCERT textbooks and more than 2,000 schools had participated in that.
"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," 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.