KATHMANDU, March 22
As many as 425 students of Purano Guheshwari Secondary School of Thankot received equal sets of new textbooks when their academic session began in mid-April last year.
Those students are now appearing in their final examinations. However, within a year, most of the students have failed to keep the hardcover of the books in place.
But such disrespect for textbooks is hardly limited only to this community school located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. At almost all the public schools across the country, teachers say, the books distributed at the beginning of the session are useless in less than a year.
Every year, government distributes more than 25 million sets of textbook to the public school students across the country. However, by the time the session ends, the books are so battered that they are unfit for the next session.
As less than 60 percent students receive the textbook within the first two weeks of an academic calendar, the government´s aim to ensure new textbooks in the hands of every school children at the beginning of a new session has not been successful so far. On the other hand, textbooks worth nearly Rs 1.35 billion is sold to scrap dealers every year.
“Around 35 students enrolled in various grades in the school mid-session this year, pushing us to scramble for books,” Maharhjan added.
Lack of book policy
While the classes are set to begin on April 13, around half of the total number of required textbooks are yet to be printed by the Janak Education Material Center (JEMC), according to the latest update of the government authorities. In such situation, had students saved only the half of the freely distributed books, the crisis of textbooks would not be so severe, the experts feel.
Though the government has no plans to suspend or do away with the reuse policy, it continues to provide new books every year.
“It is the responsibility of the government to make children feel equal,” he added.
Now that the government has enough resources to produce books, it is the foremost responsibility to ensure new textbooks, he added.
Textbook unlikely on time
As printing the required number of books within the available time seemed impossible, the JEMC Board on March 10 decided to share the burden with other printers. As a result, Gorkhapatra Sansthan and Sajha Publication were granted the right to print the books.
Source- Republica Daily
Published on 2014-03-23 02:37:08
Battered textbooks jeer at govt’s reuse policy