Mid West schools still lack textbooks

- THAKUR SINGH THARU, BANKE

May 7, 2014-

As the schools in Mid West are reeling under an acute shortage of textbooks, booksellers in the region have been frequenting the Nepalgunj office of Janak Shikshya Samagri Kendra (JSSK) pressing the authorities concerned to supply books at the earliest. “Despite receiving advance payments, the JSSK has not been able to provide us books,” grumbled bookseller Nirmal Acharya from Dang. Acharya has been living in Nepalgunj for the past two weeks waiting for the textbooks to arrive.

“While the concerned schools have been pressing for textbooks, the JSSK has not been able to provide the same,” Acharya said. Students in Karnali have been hit hard by shortage of books though the academic session commenced almost three months ago. Booksellers said they were not able to supply books due to the negligence of the JSSK.

According to Rabindra Sharma, regional chief of the JSSK, they were still short of 800,000 books to meet the demands in the region. The demand of books for grade seven is relatively higher than that of other grades as books of almost all the subjects of the seventh grade have been changed this year. “Only 50 percent of the books have arrived and the complete sets of textbooks won’t reach the region be until mid-May,” Sharma said.

Though the government permitted 17 private publications to print textbooks to avoid crisis, JSSK officials stated they had no records of how many books the private sector printed and where they sent them.

Meanwhile, Krishna Gyawali, chairperson of the Booksellers’ Union in Bardiya, warned of protest if the JSSK failed to provide them books soon.

He said students were not able to get books on time due to the negligence of the government.

Published: 08-05-2014 07:46

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