Encouraged by the response from over 2,000 private schools for books published by the NCERT, the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry is looking into making NCERT books compulsory for CBSE schools after conducting a review of the educational council’s capacity.
Union 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.
However, the same have not been made compulsory yet as schools and parents had reported shortage of books.
According to sources, a number of parents have been complaining to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the HRD ministry about schools insisting on expensive books by private publishers even if NCERT books are available.
In February, the CBSE had 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. The number of vendors has also been increased from 400 to 680.
“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.
“However, it can’t be made compulsory at present. We will review the NCERT’s capacity and the improvement in its books and a decision in this regard will be taken in the next two months,” he added.