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Two weeks on,many yet to get textbooks

It's two weeks since the schools have reopened after summer vacation,but students of class IX and XII in the city are still awaiting their textbooks.

Written by SiddharthKelkar | Pune | Updated: July 25, 2017 2:31:50 pm

Out of stock : Official says Balbharati miscalculated books needed for classes IX,XII

It’s two weeks since the schools have reopened after summer vacation,but students of class IX and XII in the city are still awaiting their textbooks. The Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research (Balbharati),which has the relevant figures in its possession,has failed to provide the required number of books.

Most schools in the city had reopened on June 14 and these textbooks are out of stock from June 10. As per an estimate,there are around 50,000 students in the city studying the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) syllabus in class IX and almost a same number in class XII. Only a few thousand students had received the books in April and May,when the first lot came to the market.

“We have not received any new stock of textbooks in any subjects for class IX and science and commerce textbooks for class XII from Balbharati from June 10. Parents and students have been continuously inquiring about books,but we are unable to provide them,” said Harish Kakade,owner of Sarita Agency in Ravivar Peth,one of the wholesale dealers of Balbharati books in the city.

“There are six authorised wholesale dealers in the city. No one has received any stock for the past two weeks. The stock is not available anywhere across the state. I have been receiving inquiries for textbooks from Latur,Aurangabad and Hingoli too. In rural areas,even the teachers do not have the textbooks.”

As per the government policy,schools provide textbooks to students from class 1 to VIII. Students have to buy books from class IX onwards. The board prepares the syllabi from class IX to XII while Balbharati is responsible for printing the books.

Pooja Kulkarni,a class XII student in commerce stream,has been hunting for textbooks of Economics,Organisation of Commerce and Accountancy for the past few days. “I was told by the book shop owners that these books may not come this year. Teachers have begun teaching them,but I cannot study them at home.”

A Balbharati official who did not wish to be named said the bureau had miscalculated the number of books required. “The syllabi of science and mathematics have changed for class IX this year and there is an increased demand. For class XII,we considered the demand for last year’s class IX,but the demand is more this year.”

However,he said Balbharati would be making the stock available this week. “The textbooks will start coming in the market from Tuesday.”

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