Starting January 1, all CBSE-affiliated schools will have to start collecting fee via cashless modes. A short letter from board secretary Joseph Emmanuel to principals has made it clear that there will be no wiggle room for schools.

The letter states: “With a view to reduce cash transactions at schools, all CBSE-affiliated schools shall introduce online fee collection or through non-cash mode from the next quarter commencing from January 2017.“ As of now, most of the schools offers non-cash modes for fee payment and hence most schools welcomed the decision.

While the letter does not mention anything but it is obvious that the step is in line with the government's demonetisation decision. The board, in its letter, has focused on the advantages of digital money . The letter states: “The benefits of cashless transactions are enormous and the CBSE has introduced e-payment facilities for collection of fee for examination, affiliation and various activities including payments to its examination functionaries. The board has also been directing its affiliated schools to disburse salary to staff through bank transfers.“

Extending the ambit of cashless mode to areas beyond fee payment, the CBSE letter says, “Schools should also make all payments for availing various services, procurements, wages to contractual workers and other transactions via non-cash modes.Schools may interact with the parents during the ParentsTeachers Association meetings to spread awareness about the benefits of non-cash transactions.“