No child should carry textbooks by private publishers in schools: NCPCR

NCPCR chairperson said the need to re-issue the guidelines was felt in view of a large number of complaints that parents are arm-twisted into buying books by private publishers.

Published: 11th May 2019 10:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2019 10:00 AM   |  A+A-

school bag, students, girl student, group, uniform, schools

Image used for representational purpose only

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked the states to ensure that no child should be asked to carry books other than those by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and its state counterparts in schools across India. 

The Commission, in letters sent to the state governments, has reiterated that section 29 of the Right to Education Act insists on uniformity in syllabus till class VIII and hence students should not be made to buy textbooks by private publishers — a practice followed by many private schools. 

In letters written to the education secretaries of the states, the apex child rights body has said if a school is found to follow or prescribe curriculum and evaluation procedure in elementary classes other than the ones prescribed by the academic authority, it should be treated as violation of the RTE. “No child shall be discriminated and/or harassed and/or neglected by the school for carrying books published/prescribed by the academic authority (NCERT/SCERT) causing ‘mental or physical suffering’. Any action taken against the child and hence, may attract the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015,” the Commission has written.

The NCPCR has also said the schools be directed to display the directions on schools’ website and notice board. NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo said the need to re-issue the guidelines was felt in view of a large number of complaints that parents are arm-twisted into buying books by private publishers.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp