Schools Should Only Use Prescribed Textbooks: NCPCR

A circular was issued on May 9 by the NCPCR which informed schools to use books that are prescribed by the government.

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It's a common practice to extort extra money from parents by prescribing textbooks by private publications even when the government prescribes government aided textbooks from The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT). 

There is a huge difference in the cost of these books. For example, if the NCERT Maths Class 5 textbook costs ₹80 which includes the entire prescribed syllabus, a book from a private publication would cost ₹300.  

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To curb these practices, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had issued a circular on May 9 which states that the schools should only follow the government prescribed books, if any school fails to do so, it will be considered as a violation of Right To Education Act (RTE).

Notably, some schools had also made it compulsory to buy uniforms, bags, notebooks etc. from the school only at exorbitant prices. However, this practice was also curbed by the authorities and these measures have drastically decreased the amount a parent would have otherwise spent on their child's education.   

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