Midwest kids await textbooks

  • academic session starts
- POST REPORT, Banke

Apr 15, 2015-

Though the new academic session commenced on Wednesday, regional office of Janak Shiksha Samagri Kendra (JSSK) is yet to supply required textbooks to schools in the region.

JSSK Regional Chief Rabindra Adhikari was seen busy at his office even on Tuesday, a public holiday, keeping records of demand and supply as the office dispatched a truckload of textbooks to Bardiya.

“We have been doing our best to supply books to the designated locations in all districts in the region. Though we are yet to meet the demand, we have sent a few for the time being,” Adhikari said, adding that they plan to supply all books within a couple of days.

The JSSK has been tasked with the responsibility of printing and transporting textbooks for students in sixth to tenth grades in all schools. Unlike previous years, the government’s decision to allow private sector to print books up to the fifth grade has taken some weight off the JSSK.

The JSSK has set up temporary depots all district headquarters in the Mid-western region and used agents to facilitate the distribution process. Meanwhile, textbooks sent to Mugu have been stranded en route due to heavy snowfall.

According to JSSK, 40 percent of the 39,000 set of textbooks required in Dailekh have already been transported. Likewise, the regional office has also supplied around 40 percent of the required textbooks in Jajarkot and Surkhet, 70 percent of 52,000 textbooks in Bardiya and 70 percent of 32,000 textbooks in Banke.

Adhikari said they distributed all required textbooks in Humla, Dolpa, Kalikot, Jumla and Mugu before the new session started in mid-April in the region.

He said they sent 1,200 textbooks to Humla, 1,000 to Dolpa, 19,000 to Kalikot and 8,000 to Jumla.

He said many of textbooks sent to Dolpa are yet to be sold and those being supplied to Mugu in their own vehicles have been stranded on the way.

Published: 16-04-2015 09:47

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