Stop engagement of schools in commercial activities

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CM, haryana
cmharyana@nic.in
Delhi High Court and CBSE have ordered to stop commercial activities (selling uniforms, books etc) in schools but has hardly any impact visible on ground. It can only be achieved when all school specific items (like uniforms, books, notebooks etc) are removed from schools. Otherwise it will create more troubles for parents as well. Though we are discussing CBSE affiliated private schools here but these points are applicable for private schools affiliated to state boards as well.

IDo school designed specific set of uniforms, specifically adopted books, branded notebooks and other items anyway help students in academics, learning process?
It will save lot of school administration critical time wasted on uniform, books, notebooks related matters, dealing with uniform shop vendor, book shop vendor, kids and parents complains etc. Schools may focus more on education quality, student safety, better teaching methodology, teachers training, more focus on students and their issues, welfare.
What should be done to stop schools from commercial activities?
1. Schools need to have same uniform (at least of same state)?
Current situation:
Each school has its own couple of (regular, house uniform, few winter etc) uniforms. Uniforms are available only in school uniform shops, on specified time. Schools change frequently so that anyone else doesn’t start selling these uniforms. Cost of uniforms is very high and hardly used. Parents big money goes just for uniforms every year. Imagine both parents are working, leave home before 8 am return back in the evening. In addition to cost, big effort of buying.
What is solution?
All schools (of at least each state) have same uniform (or may finalise set of 3-5 uniforms like UK and school has freedom to choose one) say white shirt, grey trouser and similar combination for girls. Schools may have (if want) small tag with school name placed with pin on shirt to distinguish particular school. May have particular house coloured (out of defined standard 4-5 colours) scarf, rather than complete new uniform. Similarly common uniform colour sweater/blazer can be defined for winter. Only state education department or CBSE should have say in uniform decision and should not be changed frequently.
Benefits of this:
1. Volume will be high, big players will come, so prices will come down.
2. Uniforms will be available in shops near your house so don't need to go to school as per shop time. Parents can buy uniform in the evening or over weekend from neighbourhood shop, will save time, fuel.
3. Uniform waste will be reduced
4. It will save lot of parents money
5. Simplified uniforms will make kids and parents life easier. It will reduce washing expenses and save water as well.
6. Kids don’t need to buy new uniform even if change school

2. All CBSE private schools should have same books
Current situation
a. Books must be prepared with the involvement of various experts considering facts like child development, psychology, learning capacity, topics, how to explain topic in easy language, connectivity with previous class etc.
Schools have freedom to decide books of their own choice for all classes except board exam (currently class 12th ). So each private school has its own books.
Most of these books are prepared by small publishers so there are remote chances of all of them being prepared by best experts required to prepare a book. Publisher puts very high price and gives heavy discount to schools and generally this is deciding factor. Each school has separate book so all of them are not available in open market so a book shop is must inside school. Parents have to pay very high cost of these books. Schools play with kids and future of this country just for some money.
b, School sell notebooks with their name so charge 3-4 times of market cost and creates need of bookshop inside school.
What is solution?
CBSE must adopt some standard books for all CBSE pattern schools for all classes and make those mandatory. CBSE may go with NCERT books or some different books but MUST be same.
Schools must allow regular notebooks rather than forcing students to use only school name printed.
Benefits of this
1. Students will read best quality books, prepared by the best experts. Quality of education will improve and learning process will be easier for students.
2. Student and parents don’t need to worry (for books & notebooks at least) on school, city change.
3. These books and notebooks will be easily available in open market in ordinary book shops, in neighbourhood market.
4. Books, notebooks prices will come down heavily
5. Reuse of school books will increase that will reduce burden on parents and save so many trees.
Hope authorities implement these points as soon as possible and save schools precious time from engaging in these commercial activities and put more efforts just on students learning. It will be in the interest of schools, students, teachers, parents and country.
The Petition was also marked to:
Mr sudhir Chaudhary
 - sudhir.chaudhary@zeenews.com
I don't understand against whom we are making these petition, Media , Police , Municipal, and politicians , all are the business partners in this game, to whom we are making this petition. more  
Feb 06
Please understand that Education these days is becoming Majboori due to unnecessary exploitation.
Its wonderful profit making business, where customer has to bear 12 years long costly relation, that's why all big industries are also opening schools.
Why 10% fee hike every year.
Why Parents contribute in school infrastructure development.

Mr CM and PM, please investigate and break the nexus among DOE and Schools.

Thanks you more  
Feb 22
While the issue is an important one and there is a need to take corrective steps, it is not understood as to why the petition is being endorsed to Sudhir Chowdhury who himself is showcasing the media as paid media. The integrity of Zee News with the public or the citizens itself is doubtful. I would request you to reconsider the address to whom the petition is targetted. more  
Feb 12
i have the full support to you . Goahead more  
Feb 09

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