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50 percent Ganjam students yet to get books

50 percent Ganjam students yet to get books

Published: 18th April 2013 08:14 AM
Last Updated: 18th April 2013 08:14 AM
More than 50 per cent school students of Ganjam district have not received their textbooks yet.
The School and Mass Education Department supplies the books to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan authorities who provide the same to the schools through block and cluster level resource centres.
This year, the supply of books to schools in this district has been 50 per cent less than the demand.
Sources said since Board of Secondary Education has decided to conduct HSC examination three months earlier, non-supply of books will put pressure on students as well as teachers to complete the course on time. Earlier, as HSC examination was conducted in April-May, the students were getting sufficient time to complete their courses.
Besides, the HSC examinees have to fully depend on newly published text books as the courses of study has been completely changed. Earlier, academic session was started from April 2 as the text books and syllabus were not changed. But the case is different this year with both syllabus and books changed.
Sources said it had earlier been decided that the Board would print at least four lakh books in each title and the textbooks should have been on the bookstands at least two months before the commencement of the new academic session in April.
“It has already been two weeks into April and not a single book is available in the market. Students wishing to write the Matriculation examination in 2014 have already lost a fortnight and as it appears all titles of the books may not reach the students during summer vacation,” said a teacher.
Berhampur DI of Schools, Bijay Jena, said the department has been informed about the district’s requirement.

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