Mr. UC Bodh, the deputy secretary of CBSE, warns school in his written letter that they are responsible for the textbook being considered. The Indian schools as per Affiliation Bylaw Rule 15.1 (d) can use textbooks of their private publisher for following the syllabus. However, the school has to take care of the matter precisely and completely responsible for the content. If any offensive or disagreeable content is found in the textbooks then strict action can be taken against the school.
CBSE introduces guidelines for the school that should be considered while recommending the textbooks.
1. According to first guideline schools have to form a committee that authenticates the content being used is activity-based and assist in the better development of the child. It should follow the rules of child-centered education and alongside integrate child experience and socio-cultural languages and context of the child.
2. Another guideline states that the textbooks must be designed according the belief like gender sensitivity, value education and comprehensive education, particularly with the perspective of 1st generation and disadvantaged learners.
3. As per the third guideline the textbooks must be culturally, ethically, environmentally, pedagogically and constitutionally justifiable in a context of pan-India. The textbook should not contain any objectionable content with any respect whether it is gender-based, culturally-based or religion-based.
4. The last guideline says that excess reliability of teachers on the textbooks obstruct the creativity and exploration of the students. Therefore, according to NCF-2005 sufficient number of books should be available according to necessity of the school. Alongside, extra copies should be present in the library.
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