Govt’s push against pvt pub­lish­ers’ books

DNA (Delhi) - - NEWS - Kri­tika Sharma kri­tika.sharma@dnain­

School text­books printed by pri­vate pub­lish­ers cost, on an av­er­age, five times more than those from the Na­tional Coun­cil for Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and Train­ing (NCERT), re­veals a com­par­a­tive anal­y­sis con­ducted by the govern­ment.

A de­tailed anal­y­sis of all NCERT ti­tles from Class 1 to 8 was done, that found in some cases, price dif­fer­ence was as high as nine times. It is mostly for stu­dents from Classes 1 to 8 that schools rec­om­mend “ex­tra books” along with the NCERT ones, which is why the govern­ment is look­ing at re­duc­ing the bur­den.

The Union Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (HRD) has been push­ing schools to use more and more NCERT books.

But it has not been made manda­tory. The Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) keeps bring­ing out cir­cu­lars to re­mind schools to use more and more NCERT books.

“Some of the books that were an­a­lysed are Ox­ford, Rat­nasagar and S Chand,” read the sur­vey re­port ac­cessed by DNA.

The books were an­a­lysed for price, pages, size, text qual­ity, cover pa­per, il­lus­tra­tions and other ma­te­ri­als used.

Sci­ence books were found to be most ex­pen­sive.

The anal­y­sis added that in terms of size and qual­ity, NCERT books are com­pa­ra­ble to pri­vate pub­lisher books.

It found that NCERT books have more child­friendly il­lus­tra­tions and pro­vide chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther ex­plore re­sources for learn­ing.

NCERT pub­lishes 364 books an­nu­ally in Hindi, English and Urdu.

In or­der to ful­fil the de­mand, the govern­ment has also launched an on­line por­tal on which books can be or­dered by schools, par­ents or in­di­vid­u­als, a year in ad­vance and print­ing of books would be done ac­cord­ingly.

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