Indore: School-publisher’s nexus eroding trust of parents

Staff ReporterUpdated: Monday, June 24, 2019, 11:13 AM IST
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Indore: Taking ‘vidhya’ away from education by commercialising knowledge in books by pairing with publishers as well as book sellers, schools are losing trust of parents and inflicting anger and resentment in their heart. While most parents complain about specific book centres that hold monopoly of school books, some parent also raised an issue of double pricing on books.

Wording their questions, businessman Hemandra Jain said, “Though schools do not write the name of the store on book list anymore, but they inform us verbally that books are available only that particular store.” He explained that book stores are fixed that should be ideally made available on at least a couple of stores.

“The major issue that bugs me more is the differential pricing on books,” Jain said. He explained that books have two prices and even MRP is being stamped upon by a higher price. “It just does not seem fair and makes us feel about commercialisation in the school, money is not the issue but ethics are,” he added.

Raising another issue that bugs him about the school, textile agent Kamlesh Jain said, “Now the trend of further finding publishers whose books cannot be found anywhere, some schools are solely recommending international authors, whose books are available only in school.” He questioned the requirement of recommending international authors for CBSE course run.

“I find it rather insulting and feel that this would divert the growth of children, as students are learning mathematics from international author in a country where mathematics experts like Aryabhatta lived,” Jain said.

Talking about another issue that questions the service of educational institutes, businessman Anurag Jain said, “There are various schools in the city that are running their own book stores.” He elaborated that schools have nameless stores that sell ‘school kit’ with books and stationary.

“That kit even has colours and stationary, which is not used throughout the year by students but we have to buy it every year, because school stores do not sell just books anymore,” Jain said. He explained that these books are not available in any other store in the city. “We might find one of the books, but it is impossible to get hold of all the books, because that is how the school selects the book,” Jain said.

He added that though NCERT books have been made mandatory and CBSE had repeatedly instructed schools to not enforce any other book and use NCERT book for primary education, it is not followed by any of the top school in Indore. “When we try to raise any issue in the school, parents are asked to remove their child from the school, which is hurtful because we can’t question the functioning of any top school,” Jain said.

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