Confusion over revised NCERT textbooks for Classes VI,IX and XI leave teachers in a tizzy

As there are talks of textbooks being revised in the next academic year too, printers are inclined to print only the exact number of copies required to prevent excess stock, leaving schools in a tough spot two months into the new academic year

Updated - July 10, 2024 02:49 pm IST

Published - July 09, 2024 09:53 pm IST - Chennai

The vendors in the South who are facing a shortage must inform our Bangalore centre, so that adequate stock can be made available to them, say NCERT officials.

The vendors in the South who are facing a shortage must inform our Bangalore centre, so that adequate stock can be made available to them, say NCERT officials. | Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO

Confusion prevails in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools in the State as teachers are unsure of the availability of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks for Classes VI, IX, and XI. Teachers have sent digital copies of the books to parents and asked them to take printouts.

The Union Ministry of Education had announced earlier this year that revised textbooks for Class VI would be released for the academic year 2024-25. Now, it is reported that the textbooks for Class VI would take another two months. So far, only e-content textbooks for English and Hindi have reached the students, which was released 10 days ago. “This has been a gruelling experience, especially when we are trying to minimise screen time and advocate active learning. Now, we have to resort to teaching through screens and PDFs,” said a teacher from a private school.

It was reported that textbooks for Classes IX and XI would also be developed by the Ministry and hence, the teachers had decided to wait, while some of them opted to stick to previous years’ books.

“Most schools in Tamil Nadu use private publishers for Class VI and use NCERT textbooks from Class IX onwards. It was not communicated properly by the CBSE whether only Classes III and VI would receive revised textbooks or Classes IX and XI would also be included. We had printed over 5,000 copies of a unit in English for students,” a teacher from a private school said. The miscommunication has cost many schools much, as they have missed placing textbook orders earlier.

Since there are talks of textbooks being revised in the next academic year too, printers are inclined to print only the exact number of copies required to prevent excess stock, leaving schools in a tough spot two months into the new academic year.

“Apart from Class IX english and geography textbooks, Class XI computer science, chemistry and history textbooks are also not printed. The parents are very agitated regarding the delay in Class VI textbooks too,” said N. Vijayan, correspondent of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School.

Speaking to The Hindu, senior officials at NCERT said, “We have our regional distribution centre for the Southern region in Bangalore. There is a possibility that books which were made available since April, have now been sold out. The vendors in the South, who are facing a shortage, must inform our Bangalore centre, so that adequate stock can be made available.”

Four lakh copies of geography textbooks, and 7.5 lakh copies of two English textbooks have been distributed in the market for Class IX. For Class XI, 1.9 lakh copies of two political science textbooks, 20,000 copies of computer science textbooks, 7.3 lakh copies of chemistry textbooks and one lakh copies of history textbooks have been distributed, according to data shared by NCERT.

(With inputs from Maitri Porecha)

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