The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed all the affiliated Schools to stop conducting any such courses that incorporate regular syllabus in the name of coaching for competitive entrance exams such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to the IITs.
For the same, the CBSE has issued a circular in which the board has criticized such schools for making education a business to earn more profits. Further, the CBSE has also directed the heads and principals of all CBSE Schools to halt the conduct of these extra courses and coaching programmes at earliest, which till now were offered as a part of the regular workday or otherwise.
CBSE was reported about the few schools that run coaching institutions or preparatory sessions on the school premises, calling them as extra preparations meant for students to be geared up for entrance examinations. However, CBSE has never recommended any coaching or approved any course which is outside the prescribed Syllabus, hence all schools need to put an end to this malpractice immediately, mentioned the CBSE circular, issued by CBSE secretary Joseph Immanuel to all School principals.
The circular also highlighted that schools must not undertake or allow any commercial activity on its premises. It added that CBSE is liable to take "appropriate action" against those schools who fail to follow the guidelines and conditions pre-set in CBSE's affiliation bylaws.
The board expressed concerns that parents and students receive undue pressure through this trend. Financially also the vulnerable parents are ripped off by having to shell out huge amount of money as some of the schools proc73ure between Rs 4 to 6 lakh for the integrated preparatory courses that they conduct as a package for Classes 8 to 12.
Parents had mixed reactions to this notice of CBSE as they believe to cut the competition their wards have to undergo extra coaching in order perform better, even if they have to push their child outside regular school hours.