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Private schools in Rajasthan barred from selling dresses and books to students

A school's affiliation may be cancelled in case of violation.

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April 18, 2017, 9:19 am


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Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has directed private schools in the state not to force children to buy dresses and books from their school. The education department has warned schools that their affiliation may be revoked if complaints of selling books and school dresses are received.

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Parents will be free to buy school dress and other necessary items from the market independently. Schools have been asked not to print name of the school on educational material including dress. They can’t sell any kind of material on school premises.

“Private schools can choose a curriculum from NCRT, Rajasthan State Textbook Board or Rajasthan Secondary Education Board,” said minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani.

School will have to post information such as the list of books, authors and publishers on a noticeboard at last a month prior to the start of the academic year.

Schools can’t force students to buy books or dresses from a particular shop.

They will have to ensure that books and dresses are widely available and at least three venders have them available.

A school dress can not be changed for at least five years.

“People can approach the education department and register complaints if they find any private school in violation of these directions. Strict action such as revoking the school’s affiliation may be taken if the complaints are found true,” said an education department officer.

First published: April 18, 2017