New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued a circular which allowed its affiliated schools to sell textbooks, stationery and other material required by the students inside their premises on Wednesday.
The circular has been issued to all heads of schools which stated that in order to facilitate distribution of NCERT books a ‘tuck shop’ may be opened inside the premises of schools and to ensure that they do not indulge in commercial activities.
“The schools are allowed to place indent for the purchase of the NCERT books directly through the NCERT website for distribution among their students. For this purpose, a tuck shop may be opened inside the premises of the schools,” stated the circular. “The NCERT, in order to augment the availability of NCERT books for the students of CBSE affiliated schools, has called for indent through their website for purchase of books as per the requirement assessed by the schools,” it further stated.
It also advised schools to register and place their demands for the NCERT books for the academic years 2018-19, through the online portal of CBSE which was launched recently, for distribution among their students.
In a circular that was issued on April 17, CBSE had stated that the board had received various complaints from parents and other stakeholders that the CBSE-affiliated schools have been selling of books and uniforms within the school premises and hence indulging in commercial activities.
Following which, it directed the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, note books, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags, etc., from within the premises or from selected vendors only.”