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JKBOSE Textbooks Rules for the Academic Session 2024 Issued: Check Details Here

In a significant development, the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has issued a set of rules regarding textbooks for the academic session 2024-25. As per the JKBOSE Act of 1975, the board holds the authority to prescribe courses, curricula, and textbooks for various educational levels. This blog post will delve into the details of the recent announcement and explore its implications.

What Powers Does JKBOSE Hold Regarding Textbooks?

The JKBOSE Act of 1975, under Section 10, outlines the powers and functions of the board. Among these, the board is explicitly granted the authority to prescribe courses, prepare curricula, and prescribe textbooks for pre-primary, elementary, secondary, and higher secondary school examinations. This gives JKBOSE a pivotal role in shaping the education system in the region.

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Why Is It Mandatory for Schools to Follow JKBOSE Prescribed Textbooks?

The J&K School Education Rules of 2010, specifically Rule 11 (a), makes it mandatory for every school to adhere to the curriculum and textbooks prescribed by JKBOSE for different classes. This not only underscores the importance of standardized education but also ensures that schools across the region follow a consistent academic structure.

What Happens if Schools Deviate from Prescribed Textbooks?

In an effort to maintain uniformity and discipline in the academic landscape, the State Affiliation Committee/Recognition Committee has laid down stringent measures. Deviation or non-compliance with JKBOSE instructions, orders, or the adoption of non-prescribed textbooks may result in disciplinary action, imposing penalties, or a combination of both. The severity of these consequences underscores the commitment to the prescribed educational framework.

How Did the High Court Respond to Challenges Against JKBOSE Directives?

A noteworthy incident involves a writ petition (WP(C) No.702/2023) filed by the Private Schools United Front before the Hon’ble High Court of J&K and Ladakh. The petition challenged the JKBOSE notification regarding the implementation of textbooks for classes 6th to 8th. However, the High Court dismissed the petition, affirming that JKBOSE is well within its rights to mandate the use of its published textbooks. This legal validation strengthens the board’s authority in setting educational standards.

What’s the Directive for JKBOSE Affiliated Private Schools for 2024-25?

As a result of the legal backing, JKBOSE has directed all affiliated private schools in the UTs of J&K and Ladakh to implement the curriculum and textbooks prescribed by JKBOSE from the upcoming academic session (2024-25). This directive covers classes 1 to 12, emphasizing a standardized approach to education.

Can Schools Force Parents/Students to Purchase Non-Prescribed Materials?

A clear message has been sent out by JKBOSE: No school shall force any parent or student to purchase books or materials other than those published and prescribed by JKBOSE. Non-compliance with this directive may lead to strict disciplinary action, imposition of penalties, or both. This move aims to alleviate the financial burden on parents and ensure a level playing field for all students.

What Should Parents Do if Schools Violate JKBOSE Directives?

Parents play a crucial role in ensuring the enforcement of JKBOSE directives. If any school attempts to compel parents to purchase books other than those published by JKBOSE, immediate contact or information sharing with JKBOSE authorities is advised. This proactive approach helps maintain the integrity of the education system and holds institutions accountable for their actions.

In conclusion, the recent rules issued by JKBOSE for the academic session 2024-25 reflect a commitment to standardizing education and maintaining the quality of textbooks used across affiliated schools. The legal backing from the High Court reinforces the board’s authority, and the directives for private schools emphasize the importance of adherence to the prescribed curriculum. As the academic session unfolds, it will be interesting to observe the practical implications of these rules on the educational landscape of Jammu and Kashmir.

Zehr Un Nisa

Zehr Un Nisa is a content writer with 4+ years of experience in the education and career domains. She is a graduate in Political Science from Delhi University and has previously worked with Jagran Josh and JKYouth.com. She can be reached at Zehrunnisa4@gmail.com & zehrunnisa@jkyouth.in.
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