The school education department has strictly ordered the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Education (CBSE) to stick to NCERT books and not to compel students to buy books from private publishers.
The department has also prohibited the sale of stationery materials within the school premises. The orders were issued by the department after Deepak Joshi, the minister of state for school education has passed instructions to officers to prevent CBSE affiliated schools to carry on activities according to their own will.
A letter was written by Joshi to the school department to curb the monopoly in the sale of books adopted by many CBSE schools. Orders were also issued by S.K. Pal, the commissioner of public instructions (CPI) of the school department to tighten the noose around CBSE schools for the welfare of the public. As per the orders passed by CPI, the regulations in the publishing and sale of textbooks will be according to section 144 of the CrPc. Also, the district collectors will have all the powers to monitor and control the monopoly.
Adhering to the orders passed by the CPI, the collectors of Indore and Dhar have taken the necessary measures. In Bhopal, similar measures were taken by Nikunj Shrivastava, the ex district collector to prevent the monopoly regarding the sale of books. Department officials have also admitted to the fact that parents had to bear the cost of unnecessary private books due to the lack of strict controlling.
The collectors of Indore and Dhar have already issued orders to teach NCERT books in CBSE schools and only textbooks from MP Text Book Corporation will be used in MPBSE schools. Schools cannot force parents or students to buy books from any specific shops or from any private publisher.
But Rakesh Saxena, a parent, confirmed that such directive will be of no use as many students have already bought the required books.