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No sale of uniforms, books on campus: Education dept tells Gurgaon schools

The district education officer has told schools in Gurgaon not to conduct commercial activities, including selling uniforms and stationery on the campus

gurgaon Updated: Apr 01, 2017 23:46 IST
Leena Dhankhar
The principal of DAV public school in Sector 14 said they have removed the shop selling uniforms, books and stationery from the campus.
The principal of DAV public school in Sector 14 said they have removed the shop selling uniforms, books and stationery from the campus.(Parveen Kumar/HT File)

The district education officer has issued circulars to schools not to conduct commercial activities, including selling uniforms and stationery on the campus. A few schools have already removed the shops from their campus but a large number are yet to comply with the directive.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued a directive on February 21, 2011, banning commercial activities on school campuses, including the sale of books and uniforms.

Officials said that the move was to check the monopoly of private schools over the sale of uniforms, books and stationery.

“Any school selling stationery, books or uniforms on the campus is indulging in an illegal activity. There should be no establishment set up by the school and a parent should be free to buy the uniform or stationery from any shop. We will soon start taking action against schools that do not follow the order,” Neelam Bhandari, district education officer, Gurgaon, said.

Schools have been asked to display the lists of books (class-wise) on the notice boards as well as on their websites for the convenience of parents.

The directions were issued following complaints from parents that schools, at the time of admission and before the start of new sessions, ask them to buy books, stationery and uniforms from particular shops or from the school shop.

“CBSE schools have to use books certified by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for classes 9-12. They can use reference books of other authors or publishers but the main course books cannot be replaced. Using books of other publishers are prohibited. Schools will have to ensure that no vendor sells books on the campus or forces parents to buy books from a particular shop,” Bhandari said.

In some institutions, there is a practice of selling sets of books and stationery on the school premises. The prices of such sets are fixed and the parents are expected to pay without questioning the price.

“We do not charge extra for books, books are sold at the cost,” Peeya Sharma, the principal of Ryan International school, Sector 40, said.

However, few schools have removed their shops from their campus this year after the recent order of the education department. “We have removed the shop selling uniforms, books and stationery from the campus. Parents are free to buy from anywhere. We do not have any fixed shop and we do not insist that parents buy from a particular shop, it’s their choice,” Aparna Erry, the principal of DAV public school in Sector 14, said.