NCERT to publish Physical Education Books
Recently the controversy about the Class XII textbook "Health and Physical Education" by a private publisher triggered an uproar last month for defining the perfect female body in the "36-24-36" shape while the revised edition said that the "hourglass shape of females is considered the best".
CBSE has asked NCERT to publish books on the subject of Physical Education for Class 11th and 12th.
This news comes after the controversy about the Class XII textbook "Health and Physical Education" by a private publisher which contained sexist content.
CBSE had filed an FIR against the publisher, New Saraswati House (Pvt) Ltd. on April 15th.
CBSE says it is the responsibility of the schools that the content should be scrutinized when they use books by private publishers.
The authorities in various schools feel they cannot be held responsible on this count as there is no "official" book on physical education.
Now, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has requested National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to come up with a book on the subject which is part of the school curriculum. While CBSE has clarified that it does not recommend any book by private publishers, the schools claim that since there are no books on physical education by either NCERT or CBSE, they are left with no option.
HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had termed the content sexist and said action would be taken. On April 15, CBSE filed an FIR against the publisher - New Saraswati House (Pvt) Ltd. The board also said its bye-laws state that if a school decides to use a book by a private publisher, there must be an inspection of the content. The Board had also said that a written declaration must be put up on the school’s website signed by manager and principal that they are responsible for suggesting such a book for the school.
But the schools say that they cannot be held responsible as there is no ‘official book’ by the CBSE or NCERT that the schools can use, so the option left is books by private publishers. According to a senior CBSE official, "Following the controversy, the board has asked the council for physical education textbooks for its schools."
This news has been taken from the Times of India website. Read the original article here.