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The Uttar Pradesh state government has decided to replace textbooks meant for Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board with those published by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), with an aim to bring the curriculum of UP Board at par with the CBSE.
This decision to introduce NCERT books will be implemented from the academic year 2018-19. The board instructed district inspectors of schools (DIoS) to inform all principals of schools under their jurisdiction about the changes in the syllabus.
UP Board has also made several new additions in the syllabus, including new topics like GST and its implications.
Key highlights of the decision:
1. NCERT textbooks will be made compulsory from Class 9 to Class 12
2. All subjects will have NCERT books except subjects like Krishi (agriculture) for both High School and Intermediate Levels and Vyavsayik (business studies) for Intermediate levels
3. These 2 subjects will continue to have UP Board textbooks as there are differences between the syllabi of these subjects between the UP Board and the CBSE
4. Class 10 and Class 12 students who will write their exams in the year 2019 will become the first batch of students to face the exams under the new system
In Uttar Pradesh, millions of students appear for the Class 10 and Class 12 exams conducted by the UP Board every year. Last year, the figure was 32.6 lakh for high school exams and 29.2 lakh for intermediate exams. In the state, over 35 lakh students study in and around 23,900 government aided and unaided schools that are affiliated with the UP Board. Meanwhile, results of both Class 10 and Class 12 board exam 2017 will be declared on June 9.