Several Private Schools Not Prescribing NCERT Books, Allege Parents

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Bhubaneswar: The government had ordered the schools to use books prescribed by the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT), but several private schools are not following the government order. They are reportedly prescribing private publications’ study materials for the 2021-22 academic session.

Now, the state government has been approached by the Odisha Parents’ Federation (OPF). The OPF sought the state government’s intervention in the matter.

According to the parents, schools, mostly in Rourkela, Sambalpur, Balangir, Berhampur, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have begun selling books by the private publishers in a clear violation of the government order issued last year.

“We have received over 100 cases from the state where parents have alleged that schools are preparing to sell books and study materials of private publishers on the basis of an interim legal order. However, the order has been vacated on February 17 this year for which the state government must issue an order to private schools to prescribe NCERT or SCERT books,” the OPF wrote in a letter to School and Mass Education secretary Satyabrat Sahu.

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