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All CBSE schools to follow only NCERT textbooks
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All CBSE schools to follow only NCERT textbooks

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) in a meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 affirmed to formulate National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Textbooks in all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Schools across the country.

The NCERT Textbooks will be made mandatory from the academic session 2017-2018. This will make the CBSE school curriculum uniform in the country. The compulsion of the books has also relieved the parents from buying textbooks of other publishers which costs much more than the prices of NCERT books.

According to a senior HRD official, NCERT is intended to deliver all the textbooks in sufficient number with the help of their 680 enrolled distribution vendors across the country by the end of March so as to meet the deadline by April for the 2017-2018 academic sessions.

All the CBSE Schools can follow the official CBSE website and place their demand for NCERT textbooks online. The requirement for the books can be proposed only once on the official website from Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The HRD Ministry plans to make the books available before the academic session initiates.

The HRD Ministry came to the conclusion after receiving complaints by the Schools and parents regarding the unavailability of NCERT books on time and also the objections put forwarded by parentsenforced by schools to purchase textbooks from private publishers at prices 300%-600% higher than the NCERT books.

A senior HRD official reported that manyschools have stationery shops in their premises selling overpriced textbooks from private publishers and other stationery materials like pencils, erasers, etc which costs in the outside market and it is also observed that private publishers pay for several school heads on extravagant foreign trips.

The CBSE officials mentioned that on the grounds of fixed admission of its schools, the board has precise approximation of the number of NCERT textbooks required for Classes I-XII for any academic session. The board is aware of the number of students a school has in a class rather than in a section. As schools will place their requirement online, the board will come to know whether they are demanding for sufficient number of textbooks. The numbers may show a discrepancy due to school admissions in the month of March but the schools are likely to feature this in their procurement. The CBSE will also supervise the yearly subscription by the schools.

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