Coming down heavily upon school administrators, the Central Board of Secondary Education has asked schools not to prescribe non-NCERT books to the students. The board has also written to principals of CBSE schools, stating that coercing parents and children to buy them is an unhealthy practice.
Elaborating on the issue, the board stated that it has received representations from students and parents regarding certain CBSE schools prescribing out of syllabus books for school studies. Furthermore, the board noted that despite repeated direction from CBSE, schools are still continuing this educationally unsound practice.
"In this context, CBSE would like to reiterate in unequivocal terms that prescribing of too many textbooks and coercing parents and children to buy them is unhealthy practice that is educationally unsound, especially since NCERT textual materials are the base for preparing test items in the board examinations and the question paper of CBSE is set according to prescribed syllabus of the subject," the CBSE letter said.
Reiterating their point, CBSE has stated that NCERT books are freely available online and asking students to buy additional textbooks only adds to their financial burden. Currently, NCERT books can also be procured from sales counter at New Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Mysuru, Bhubaneswar, Shillong, Bhopal, and Ajmer.