AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court recently said that if parents desire, they are at liberty to purchase private text books for their references.
This order gave a much-needed relief to private English-medium school managements who were asked by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to only use NCERT textbooks.
The Maharashtra English School Trustees Association (MESTA) had approached the high court, seeking directions to stay the circular issued by the CBSE. In their plea, the MESTA had said the CBSE or other concerned authorities cannot insist them or parents and students to purchase only NCERT books.
The court observed: “The letter dated April 6, 2017 is addressed by the CBSE to all the principals and head of institutions. The letter only lays down that parents should not be coerced to buy text books of private publisher or additional text books by school authorities and the schools must mandatorily use the NCERT textbooks in their schools.”