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Saturday, 14 April 2018 | PNS | Nainital– In a significant decision, the Uttarakhand High Court on Friday has upheld the order of Uttarakhand Government regarding compulsion of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books in all the schools of the State barring those affiliated by the ICSE board. The court however stayed the Government Orders dated February 15, March 6 and March 9 in which provision of strict action against the private schools for not implementing the NCERT books was made. The Single bench of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia has set up May 3 as date of next hearing. The court was hearing a petition filed by Joint School Management Committee Udham Singh Nagar, Nisha Education, Knowledge world, Principal Progressive Schools association, US Nagar association of independent Schools, Jaswant educational trust, private schools association and children association. The petitioners had challenged the GO in which the books of private publishers were banned in all the schools and orders for implementing books of NCERT were given. One of the main reasons for the GO was the high cost of books of the private publishers which results in additional financial burden on parents. Prevention of commercialisation of education is one of the reasons for the order.

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