The judge has asked the Board to enquire about the books and find out those which should not be bought from private publishers in terms of cost, volume, design and school curriculum. The Board will then direct the schools about the same; however from next year onwards.
"First of all, CBSE has to be blamed for allowing the schools to buy private publishers' books, without even verifying the quality, voluminosity and other contents of the books. Moreover, when the 2014 circular itself enables the CBSE schools to purchase books both from NCERT and private publishers, the present impugned order, without giving details, cannot be passed. In view of that there shall be an order of interim stay as prayed for,' he further added.
All the schools have been directed to file petitions along with court fee of Rs 1000 each, separately, within one week failing which the court will 'pass appropriate order.'
In another development, secretary to the union school education and literacy ministry, Anil Swarup had told that NCERT textbooks will be made available to students in order to provide relief to students of public and private schools from buying books at high prices. Giving a comparative detail of the prices charged on buyers, he further added that schools following books of NCERT publications have a greater performance percentage than others.
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