Under the aegis of All Uttarakhand Parents Association (AUPA), the parents have written a letter to the grievance cell of CBSE in Delhi regarding the ill practice of CBSE affiliated schools in Uttarakhand of not using NCERT books for the course curriculum. The schools are using books from the private publishers and the parents are being forced to buy the same from the market in increased prices.
In a circular issued in July 2015, the Central Board of Secondary Education had clearly mentioned that the affiliated CBSE schools must ensure that the parents do not have to buy additional textbooks and schools should use NCERT books. According to the general secretary of AUPA, Ratan Singh Chauhan, “We have complained to the grievance cell hoping to get a prompt response and action against selected CBSE schools which are not using NCERT books and flouting CBSE’s directions. However, if action is not taken against these schools soon, we might even be forced to go ahead and protest against CBSE.”
The AUPA wrote the letter to PRO of CBSE grievance cell, Rama Sharma and have attached the list of 70 schools affiliated to the board in the state capital that have been alleged by the parents of using books other than from NCERT. The using of NCERT books have been mandated by CBSE, which these schools are not following for some reasons or the other. Most of the schools deny this saying they are using the NCERT books to teach their students and private publisher books are only being used as reference material on occasionally.