Govt school students asked to buy books from market

Under the Right To Education Act (RTE),the administration has to provide free textbooks to the students of Class I-VIII

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published:August 7, 2013 1:35 am

The government schools have already entered the fifth month of the academic session and the children are still waiting for some textbooks that were supposed to be provided free of cost in the beginning of the session itself. The teachers have now asked the students to buy the book from the market.

Under the Right To Education Act (RTE),the administration has to provide free textbooks to the students of Class I-VIII. But not only the teachers but most of the students too are having a tough time without books.

Some books were brought to the schools 3 weeks ago but very few students get those books. The rest were told they would get the books the following week but as of now,none of those students have received the books.

Deputy Director School Education,Chanchal Singh said,“We get the books from the National Council of Education and Training (NCERT) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) but some percentage of textbooks have not reached the centre itself.”

One of the Class VII students from Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 20,said,“Three weeks ago,only five students got the Hindi textbooks. Teachers told us they will give the books to others the day after. But we have not got the books yet. Geography and Hindi books are still missing. Today,our teacher has told us to buy the Hindi book from the market as the book is not available at the centre.”

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