Indore: In a video advisory for schools against private publishers uploaded by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), it mentions previous strict actions along with requirements by schools to put up a list of their prescribed books on their respective school website. Further, the video reinforces its bye-law, which recommends the use of NCERT books as far as practicable. The video shares the following information.
The board has taken strong and prompt action against the author and publisher of the book titled ‘Health and Physical Education’ wherein indecent depiction of women and misrepresentation of syllabus prescribed by CBSE have been established. An FIR has been registered against the author of the book and the publisher. It is imperative to bring to the notice of all stakeholders including schools, students and parents that CBSE does not recommend books by any private publishers. Rule 15.1 (d) of the affiliation-bye-laws of the board clearly states that the school will follow the syllabus on the basis of curriculum prescribed by NCERT/CBSE and textbooks published by NCERT or CBSE as far as practicable.
The schools must exercise extreme care while selecting books of private publishers. The content must be scrutinised to preclude any objectionable content that hurts the feelings of any class, community, gender, religious group in society. If found prescribing books having such content, the school will have to take the responsibility of such content. The schools will put a list of such books prescribed by it on its website with the written declaration duly signed by the manager and the principal to the effect that they have gone through the contents of the books prescribed by the school and own the responsibility. The schools must, therefore, restrain and abide by the affiliation-bye-laws. There will be no compromise on incorrect and distorted content, which may impact the sensitivities and sensibilities of the students who are at a very young and impressionable age.
It may also be stated in unequivocal terms that the board will not compromise on wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and its credibility. No publisher, author shall use the name and logo of CBSE in the textual material. The board will be forced to take similar action against the defaulters including the schools.