New Delhi: CBSE schools will have to use NCERT textbooks from the 2017-18 academic session.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Union minister for human resource development Prakash Javadekar. It is a relief for millions of parents who are forced by schools to purchase textbooks from private publishers, often at prices 300-600% higher than the NCERT books.
A senior HRD officials said NCERT has been directed to make all the textbooks available, in adequate numbers, through its 680 empanelled distribution vendors across the country by the last week of March. All the CBSE schools will have to raise their demand online on CBSE's website by February 22, 2017.
The decision was made after schools and parents complaint about non-availability of NCERT books, and parents also complained about schools selling expensive books by private publishers.
"We now know the number of students a school has class-wise, rather than section-wise. As schools raise their demand online, we will know whether they are requisitioning for adequate number of books. The numbers may vary, as March is also a month of admissions. But the schools are expected to factor this in their purchases. CBSE will also monitor the annual subscription by schools," a CBSE official said.