In a recent circular, CBSE allowed its affiliated schools to sell NCERT books and stationery items inside the school premises. It amended its own circular and allowed the schools to open tuck shops inside the premises.
“Schools are allowed to place indent for purchase of NCERT books directly through its website for distribution among their students and for this purpose, a tuck shop may be opened inside the premises of the schools,” the CBSE said in a fresh circular.
In an old circular the CBSE has said "The Board, time and again, has issued advisories to all its affiliated schools not to indulge in commercial activities by way of selling of textbooks, notebooks, stationary items, uniforms… The Board has taken serious view of the above violations.
Hence, once again your attention is drawn that educational institutions are not commercial establishments and their sole purpose is to provide quality education. Therefore, the schools are directed to desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationary, uniforms, shoes, schoolbags, etc. from within the premise or from selected vendors only".
Many schools protested against the CBSE's move and said that children require quick access to textbooks and stationery items.