Parents all across the country have welcomed the Central Board of Secondary Education’s new guidelines that allows only NCERT textbooks to be used in all CBSE affiliated schools from next academic session. The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. The Board says that it will reduce financial burden on schools & will end the book sellers monopoly. The books sellers make huge profit due to their monopoly in the market & don’t give discounts. The CBSE has also asked schools to submit their requirement for NCERT books online till February 22.
Parents are delighted with the fact that they will now have to spend less than half the money they used to spend on their children school books as compared to last year. They also specified that books that costs 200% to 500% higher than NCERT books should be only optional & not made mandatory for schools.
One parent said,“I am happy with the step as schools will not charge unnecessarily for books now’’. Another parent, Saket Sinha, said NCERT books are always in short supply. “This decision can lead to chaos as it is difficult to distribute books in such large number,” Sinha said.
Only demerit of using only NCERT textbooks will be that NCERT books only give an introduction to a topic. It has less number of practical questions and reference material is minimal.