CBSE schools force-sell non-NCERT books; Odisha parents turn worried lot

Published on By prameya news7 (author)

Bhubaneswar: Students and parents of the English medium public schools run CBSE pattern across the State are a worried lot now as school authorities are forcing them to buy books other than NCERT books at much higher costs.

During a special programme conducted by premier News7 channel, such allegations were in from different districts.

It may be noted that the Ministry of Human Resources Development has directed all schools run under the Secondary Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to buy and supply NRERT books to students and teach them on NRERT pattern. MHRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had directed the schools to procure NRERT books a month before the 2017-18 academic session begins in April.

However, most of the schools have not procured NCERT books though the session has already began 20 days back.

“Schools are not interested at all to procure NRERT books as they make high profits by selling books of private publishers,” parents told News7 reporters.

However, school authorities have refuted the charge stating that students, if taught on NRERT pattern, can’t develop intellectually. Some other schools take a plea that NCERT books are not adequately available hence they are forced to buy books of private publishers.

“We spent thousands of rupees for purchase of books of private publishers. We suffer in three ways. One, we spent a lot; two, our kids get heavy books and three, they are not taught properly,” said some  parents.