HRD Ministry planning to make NCERT books mandatory for CBSE schools
The HRD Ministry is planning to make NCERT books compulsory for CBSE schools. It was after conducting a review of the educational council’s capacity that the step has been planned.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is planning to make NCERT books compulsory for CBSE schools after receiving an overwhelming response from over 2,000 private schools for books published by the NCERT. It was after conducting a review of the educational council’s capacity that the step has been planned.
Prakash Javadekar advises schools
As per an HT report, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had recently advised schools to stick to books published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) rather than those by private publishers. But due to parents and schools reporting a shortage of books, the same has not been made compulsory.
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According to sources, a number of parents have been complaining to the CBSE and the HRD ministry about schools insisting on expensive books by private publishers even if NCERT books are available.
The CBSE had earlier created a link on its official website for raising online indent for NCERT textbooks. The NCERT has maintained there is no shortage of textbooks and that it has a target of publishing 4.25 crore books this year.
“This year, there was a problem because parents were complaining about books being highly priced. We appealed to all schools to register and give their intent. Over 2,000 schools have registered and we have supplied NCERT books in those 2,000 private schools,” Javadekar told reporters on the sidelines of an event.