Srinagar, J&K government has ordered a probe to look into the complaints that several private schools have asked parents to purchase textbooks in addition to those recommended by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE).
The probe follows allegations that several private schools including some leading were forcing parents to buy textbooks published by private publishers in addition to the textbooks recommended by JKBOSE.
As per the National Education Policy (NEP), there is a common curriculum in government and private schools from this academic session for classes 6th to 8th.
The Director, School Education, Kashmir on Tuesday directed chief education officers (CEOs) of valley to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the matter and furnish the action taken report within a period of three days positively.
“…The department has received various complaints from the parents alleging therein that some of the private schools are asking the parents to purchase books of private publishers instead of or in addition to the books prescribed by the JKBOSE,” the official communication from the Director School Education Kashmir to CEOs read.
It added that the practice has been viewed seriously by the authorities.
“As such you are requested to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the matter along with your Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) and furnish the action taken report to this Directorate within a period of three days positively. The matter may be treated as most urgent,” the order added.