NEW DELHI : In a reversal of its April order, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has now allowed affiliated schools to sell "stationery and other materials required by students," from shops within their compounds.
The circular issued to all heads of the schools last Friday stated that in order to facilitate distribution of NCERT books, a 'tuck shop' may be opened inside the premises of schools.
The board in April had asked schools not to indulge in commercial activities by way of selling of books, stationery, uniforms, school bags, etc.
The new circular, dated August 25, 2017, stated: "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 has also advised the schools to register and place their demands for textbooks for the academic years 2018-19 through the online portal of NCERT launched recently.
The board in its circular stated that since schools were allowed to place indent for purchase of the books directly through the NCERT website, the schools may open a 'tuck shop' inside the schools' premises.
The circular further stated that other materials required by students and stationery can also be sold from these shops. The circular however didn't specify the "other materials".