New Delhi: The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has on Thursday requested private schools affiliated to it to stop commercial activities and follow the education regulations on appointments and daily running, a move that has annoyed the schools.
In one statement, the board asked schools to “run as public services and not as the business, and guarantee that commercialization does not take place in the school in any shape of any kind”.
The board cautioned schools that it has received numerous complaints from parents and students about how schools are “pampering in commercial activities by way of selling of books, uniforms etc, within the school premise or through particular vendors”.
“The board has taken a severe view of the above violations. Hence, once again your attention is pinched that educational institutions are not commercial establishments and their lone responsibility is to provide quality education,” CBSE stated in its statement underlining more that they should stop from such “unnatural practices”. It requested the school organisation to confirm “strict amenableness” with its communication.
In another message, board requested recognised unassisted schools to cease from reappointing retired teachers and took note of assured schools that have done so in the recent past.
Surely, schools aren’t happy. A school association stated the CBSE has issued a circular seeking personal data relating to the day-to-day operations of all affiliated schools.
The NISA (National Independent Schools Alliance) suspect the CBSE of harassing schools and stated that if required, it will not hesitate to take legal action.
“The basic purpose of setting up the CBSE is to conduct exams, provide certifications and preserve the standard of education in affiliated schools. Though, the board is constantly deviating from its purpose and prevailing in the operations of the schools,” stated Kulbhushan Sharma, national president of NISA, adding that CBSE has got into micro-management of schools like intervention in the appointment of principals of some schools