Dhankuta schools await textbooks

- POST REPORT, DHANKUTA

Jun 6, 2014-

District Education Officer Krishna Prasad Pokharel during his recent visit to schools in the Chaubise area faced the only demand from all school authorities and guardians-immediate supply of textbooks.

Lok Bahadur Rai of Punya Higher Secondary School in Rajarani said he was unable to run classes due to the lack of textbooks.

Likewise, Kul Bahadur Adhikari, head teacher of Tileshwor Secondary School in Teliya, said they had been facing the same problem even though the academic started around two months ago.

He said though books for lower grades are available the shortage has hit students from the ninth and tenth grades. According to teachers, books for optional subjects were in short supply in the area.

Book suppliers, meanwhile, say the concerned teachers who have already received around 75 percent of the budget allocated for textbook purchase are engaged in commission bargain.

The claimed that some teachers who received the funds as early as March 4 are yet to purchase books available in the market.

Authorities said the total demand for school-level textbooks in the district figures at 45,000 sets. Book dealers said they have books for compulsory subjects in stock but they lack those for the optional subjects.

Janak Sikshya Samagri Kendra (JSSK), the government-owned corporation responsible for printing and supplying school-level textbooks in the country, has authorised only two suppliers for the book in 35 VDCs in the district.

Published: 07-06-2014 09:27

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