CBSE will now review books of private publishers

By: Admin 01 March, 2017

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will now make periodic review of textbooks of private publishers prescribed by its affiliated schools. The decision was taken after a series of meetings with the human resource development ministry, CBSE and the National Council of Educational Research and Training to ensure that the books are in accordance with the National Curriculum Framework.

Meanwhile, over 1,400 CBSE schools have raised indent for NCERT textbooks for the 2017-18 the academic session for classes I to XII. An indent for nearly 32 lakh NCERT books has been raised so far, which the council is supposed to make available before the start of the academic session.

The board has also extended the deadline for raising the indent from February 22 to February 28 after schools requested for more time. According to senior officials at the MHRD, the ministry is holding regular meetings with CBSE and NCERT.

This is how the decision to review books of private publishers came about:

The private textbooks came into the limelight when some of these books being used by schools were found to contain controversial material.

Here's what the book contained:

  • A class 6 environmental science textbook that suggest students to "kill a kitten" as part of an experiment have gone viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market
  • The textbook, titled '`Our Green World: Environment Studies'`, published by PP Publications, has a lesson in which the children are instructed to kill a kitten as part of an experiment to know the difference between living and non-living beings.

Excerpts from textbooks that raise controversy:

  • "Take two wooden boxes. Make holes on lid of one box. Put a small kitten in each box. Close the boxes. After some time open the boxes. What do you see? The kitten inside the box without the holes has died," the EVS textbook reads
  • Similarly, earlier this month, news came up regarding a Sociology textbook for class 12 students which suggested that the reasons behind dowry being a prevalent issue in the country is due to a girl's "ugliness"

The CBSE has directed schools to raise their demands for the mandated textbooks. Further, for the distribution of books, the board has set up 680 empaneled distribution vendors across the nation.

 

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