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Only 26% books distributed to govt and aided schools

Only 26% books distributed to govt and aided schools

TNN Jul 15, 2012, 01.12PM IST

VARANASI: So far only 26 per cent of the required textbooks for primary and upper primary classes have been distributed by the district basic education department to various government and government aided schools.
Although the new academic session has began from July 02, the procurement of textbooks lags behind its desired target. According to Paramhans Singh Yadav, Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA), so far the requirement of books in primary schools has been met by 12 per cent while in upper primary schools the requirement is met by 14 per cent. Earlier the department had fixed July 05 (30% distribution) and July 20 (100% distribution) as its deadlines for the distribution of textbooks.

It is noteworthy that district basic education department in its stock has obtained only 57 per cent textbooks so far and the department is still awaiting for its complete share of books.
"We are waiting for some more books, which are expected to arrive by July 18 after, which 60 per cent of the total required books will be made available in each school by July 21", informed Yadav. Unable to divulge a fixed time frame within, which the textbooks will be made available to students, the department is still awaiting books from the publishers and is targeting July 31 as the tentative deadline for complete distribution of books.
It is noteworthy that as per the guidelines of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, all the students under primary and upper primary levels must be distributed free text books each year. However, last academic session witnessed immense scarcity of text books in schools till September, which besides dampening the spirit of studies among students and teachers also caused the academic programme to suffer a lot.
Notably, when a particular slot of textbooks arrive, a committee consisting of official of the department checks the quality of books, their binding, and paper. Once the inspection work is done books are sent to all eight blocks from where the books are distributed to each primary and upper primary schools. According to Yadav, it takes 2 to 3 days for books to reach the concerned school once the inspection work is completed.
There are a total of 20 books from class I to class V while a total of 60 books suffice the curriculum of class VI to class VIII.
According to data collected from BSA office, district needs 8,30,400 books for primary section while 13,85,406 books are required for upper primary sections.

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