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Procurement of textbooks not complete

Procurement of textbooks not complete

Swati Chandra, TNN Jun 26, 2012, 05.19AM IST

VARANASI: With the new academic session about to begin, so far only 30 per cent of the required books have reached the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) office to meet the requirement of over 3 lakh students studying in classes I to VIII at various government and government-aided schools of the district.
District basic education department is unable to divulge a time frame within which the books will reach the concerned schools once the schools will reopen on July 2. The department however is optimistic about it and is hoping that there is going to be no shortage of books or delay in the arrival of books during the academic session.

"We are writing to publishers and getting the books stored in our stock on daily basis. Once all the books will arrive, a committee consisting of officials of the department will check the quality of books. Once that is done, we will send the desired number of books to all eight blocks from where they will be distributed to each school," informed BSA Param Hans Singh Yadav. According to Yadav, it takes 2-3 days for books to reach the concerned schools once the inspection work is completed. "So far no school has received the books", he added.
As per the guidelines of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, all students under primary and upper primary levels must be distributed free textbooks each year. However, last academic session witnessed immense scarcity of textbooks in schools till September which, besides dampening the spirit of studies, suffered the academic programme.
According to Yadav, although students won't be getting the books on day 1 of the session, there won't be a repeat of the last session. There are 20 books from class I to class V while 60 books suffice the curriculum of class VI to class VIII.

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