Restricting its schools from prescribing expensive textbooks by private publishers, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued a circular to all its schools to prescribe only National Council of Educational Research and Technology (NCERT) textbooks. The circular comes after CBSE received a series of complaints stating that many schools were forcing parents to buy textbooks other than those prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
The circular was issued by the board following a series of complaints stating that many schools have been forcing students and parents to buy textbooks other than those prescribed by the NCERT. It states: “The board has received reports and complaints regarding the pressure exercised in many schools on children and their parents to purchase excessive number of textbooks. It was brought to our notice that parents are being forced to buy textbooks by private publishers, other than NCERT which are not only costly but voluminous, and unscientifically designed.” Currently the board has 14,000 schools across the country .
D T Sudarshan Rao, Joint Secretary (academic & training) CBSE said : “This practice by several schools is jeopardizing the proper teaching – learning activities of the schools and pressurising students. As per the recommendations of Yashpal committee, one of the reforms pertains to reduction in the number of textbooks for different classes.” Rao said that this has become a matter of grave concern and the board will reiterate its stand that it will not be acceptable to the board if schools force parents to purchase extra books other than those prescribed by the board and NCERT.