Although Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the affiliated schools to use NCERT books from the academic session 2017-18, the city private schools believe that the council’s books are outdated.
They say the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books cannot be referred to the students, at least till Class 8 since the books have errors and some gross mistakes.
ABS Sidhu, principal of Saupin’s School, Sector 32 said, “We cannot use these books. The printing is poor, illustrations used are of poor quality, English language used is bad and every chapter approximately has some or the other mistakes and gross errors.”
Acknowledging this, a government school teacher and the president of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Welfare Association (SSATWA), Arvind Rana, said, “The books are in dire need of re-writing, illustrations need to be made attractive, colour needs to be added to the books and the page quality needs to be improved.”
Delhi Public School principal Reema Dewan, however, said whatever additional books the students may use they have to study NCERT books to write the board exams.
“Our senior classes from class 9-12 already use NCERT books,” she said.
In December 2016, the Independent Schools Association (ISA) had written to the education secretary, UT administration, stating that the council’s books are outdated and take no cognisance of the progress made in information technologies, besides being full of inaccuracies including partially wrong information.
The president of ISA, HS Mamik, had said, “For the past 10 years, we have been using these books and in the first five years, we kept sending the books for certain corrections, but nothing happened.”
Online order of NCERT books
Although all the government schools use the NCERT books for all subjects and classes, the supply of the books are delayed every year because the order for the same is issued late.
However as per the circular, a link has been created by the CBSE on its website www.cbse.nic.in for placing online order of NCERT books. Schools will login using existing credentials and place their demands. On-line requests will be treated as schools demand for the books for the academic session 2017-18.
The link was made active from February 15 to February 22 and schools are free to send their requirements once.