NCERT books not mandatory for CBSE schools

Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to the ongoing confusion over the use of NCERT text books by the students of the CBSE affiliated schools, Minister of State for HRD, Upendra Kushwaha informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday that it’s not mandatory for CBSE to prescribe only NCERT books.

“The CBSE has not mandated schools to prescribe only NCERT text books,” Kushwaha informed the Rajya Sabha.

“The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has not issued any advisory/directive to schools affiliated to it to compulsorily prescribe textbook published by NCERT,” Kushwaha said in a written response to a question in the Upper House.

Besides, he informed that NCERT has conducted a review of all its textbooks and rectified factual errors, if any, besides updating data.

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Earlier there was news that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had warned schools against the sale of books from private publishers in their premises.

It was also said that the Board had said that the schools could open small outlets in their premises to sell books but they could sell only NCERT books and other stationery items in those outlets. But, they cannot sell any book from private publishers in their outlets.

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