CBSE has no method to evaluate textbooks by private publishers, government firm on promoting NCERT textbooks: HRD Ministry

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New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2017 7:40:44 PM

There is a chance that textbooks by private publishers might not be used in any CBSE-affiliated schools.

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There is a chance that textbooks by private publishers might not be used in any Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)-affiliated schools as the Human Resource Development Ministry has communicated the inability of assessing the quality of textbooks that are being supplied by the private publishers. In response to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for HRD, Upendra Kushwaha said, “There is no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has no mandate to prescribe or recommend the textbooks of private publishers in its affiliated schools.” He further added, “The government is very firm on promoting NCERT textbooks in CBSE schools.”

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The comment by the minister comes in the wake of a controversy about the lack of scrutiny that is going around the curriculum that is taught to students through textbooks by private publishers. The content of the textbooks came to light when an animal rights activist raised the issue. An environmental science textbook was found describing the process of killing kittens by putting them in a box without holes. Another book suggested, “kill a kitten” as part of an experiment, while a Class 12 Sociology book quoted ‘ugliness’ and physical disability of a girl the reason behind the dowry system, according to PTI reports.

Earlier in the year, on February 16, in a move to cut down the educational expenses, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry made books by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) compulsory for all the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools from the next academic session 2017-18. This standard was set in a review meeting that was chaired by Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

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