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Schools told to use approved books
Apr 15, 2015-The Department of Education (DoE) has directed all private schools to use textbooks and reference books prescribed and endorsed by the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC).
The directive was issued on Monday after numbers of private schools were found using unauthorised textbooks, including those designed for Indian schools.
The Education Regulation 2002 makes it mandatory for every publication house to submit a copy of the textbook or reference book to the CDC for approval and to renew it every three years. Likewise, schools should also get approval from the CDC before using books from Indian or foreign publishers.
Many private schools, however, are found flouting the legal provision for hefty commission they get from the publication houses. Earlier, even the Supreme Courts had directed schools not to use textbooks that are not approved by the CDC.
Meanwhile, the DoE, in its directive, has also asked private schools “not to sell textbooks from their premises” as well as to publicise tuition fees through their websites and notice board which is accessible for everyone.
District Education Offices, Regional Education Directorates and the District Administration Offices (DAO) have the right to take action against schools if such rules are violated. Schools that are found using books without CDC approval can be fined up to Rs 25,000 and their licenses can be scrapped in case of repeated offence. The CDC, two years ago, had found over 60 percent of publication houses publishing books without approval. Likewise, the DoE has also asked all private schools to recruit teachers who have acquired teaching licence and are trained.
Published: 16-04-2015 09:47