In last several days, several schools affiliated with the CBSE have received warnings which stop them to do anything which can put additional financial burden on the parents, such as 'profiteering' from the sales of books, uniforms and stationery items.
One another such incident came to light when parents from across 19 schools marched to the office of the deputy director of education where they demanded action to be taken against the schools against additional charges which are charged by the schools.
Now a days, buying stationary and uniforms from the vendor appointed by the school has become a norm
.A parent of Class IX students of Bishop's school said "the school provides a “sack full” of school stationery. Why will my daughter need so many pencils at this age? But her stationery kit has it. We have never received a list… so I don’t know what the cost of these books in the open market is…"
At Indira National School textbooks are not being sold in the school but parents are being redirected to the only book seller in Aundh, where books are available.“These are workbooks customized by the school, so we have no option. But as far as notebooks are concerned, we noticed that the price of the school notebook… is much higher than the same notebook in the market…,” said another parent.
Some schools have also opened an e-commerce business where they are selling the school kits and stationery items. Parents of Poddar International School are being redirected to www.shopforschool.in where they can order the entire kit.
Some schools are now selling standardized bags and shoes for the children. Shiv Singh another parent from Mundhawa based school said "the institute demands that students wear a particular kind of shoes, of an international brand, and has even specified a shoe store in Camp area from where these can be purchased."
While many calls in the various schools went unattended, the DPS principal said that standardized bags and shoes were being sell on the premises in order to ensure discipline.