The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is instructed by the Delhi High Court to ensure that the schools affiliated to it must not indulge in commercial activities. A plea was filed in the court pointing out that school buildings were being used as a commercial venue for selling books and uniforms. The plea submitted by social worker Sunil Pokhriyal urged the court to enforce the directions in this circular.
Many parents and stakeholders have complained that many CBSE schools are selling books and uniforms within the school building or through selected vendors. However, the schools have been asked by the Board to follow only books published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
"The Board received reports and complaints regarding the pressure exercised by schools on children and their parents to buy textbooks other than (that of) NCERT," the plea said. "A pair of shoes, which is available at around Rs 500 in the market, costs Rs 1,200 to 1,500 when sold through the school's store," alleged the plea.