The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will be publishing school textbooks from 2018. The role of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been restricted to the original mandate of holding examinations and affiliation.
The decision was taken by Human Resource Development Ministry’s School Education Secretary Anil Swarup. CBSE Secretary and NCERT Director were also present in this meeting.
NCERT Chief Hrushikesh Senapaty outlined the plan of action. The HRD Ministry apprehends an increase in the volume of school textbooks being used from 2018 and hence NCERT is preparing itself for the increase in the number of books that they have to publish.
A NCERT official stated, “Apart from factual errors, the Council has also been asked to improve the presentation of the books qualitatively.” The textbooks were created back in 2007 and a lot of information needs to be updated.
A review is being conducted of all the textbooks that were being used from classes 1 to 12 and the possibility of an upgrade is being considered. Also, the council is inviting suggestions from teachers across all states and Union Territories on factual errors and suggestions on content and concept presentation by 30 June.