CHANDIGARH In a new advisory issued on July 29, Central Board of Secondary Education has allowed the use of textbooks by private publishers in schools but will be held responsible in case of any discrepancy.An advisory was issued by the board on April 6 making it mandatory for schools to use National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books. But after an interim by the Madras high court on July 26, this advisory now stands cancelled.Many private schools were unhappy over the decision by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and there was much hue and cry over the quality of NCERT books.Guidelines for schoolsFollow syllabus as prescribed by NCERT/CBSEUse textbooks published by NCERT/CBSE for middle classes as far as practicalExercise extreme care while selecting books of private publishersScrutinise content to preclude objectionable material that hurts the feelings of any class, community, gender, religious groupSchool holds responsibility if books are found with such contentUpload list of books on website with declaration duly signed by manager and principalIona Brendish, principal, Mount Carmel School in Sector 47, said, “The paper quality of NCERT books is poor. The questions at the end of chapters are also of a lower standard. This is why we prefer other books.”The board has issued guidelines for the use of books in the new advisory. Many schools are relieved by the rollback of the previous decision.Kavita Das, principal, St John’s High School in Sector 26, said, “The decision has given freedom to schools. Obviously, the responsibility to provide a good education lies with the schools.”The advisory states that the books should match the CBSE syllabus. If there are any mistakes in the books used by schools, the responsibility will be on them. The board will also act strictly against schools in case any objectionable content is found in them.“We will use the best books. We always check the books and then approve them. It is our responsibility and that of parents to provide the best possible education for children,” said HS Mamik, president, independent schools association (ISA).Indra Beniwal, principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 33, said, “We only use books recommended by the UT education department.”According to the advisory, the schools will need to put out a list of the books they use on their websites with a written declaration duly signed by the manager and the principal, stating that they have thoroughly checked them and hold responsibility in case of any discrepancy.