Textbook shortage in Darchula

- MANOJ BADU, DARCHULA
Textbook shortage in Darchula

Jun 13, 2015-

Shortage of textbooks has affected the academic activities in Darchula district.

Although the new academic session started nearly two months ago, hundreds of students in the district are still without textbooks.

The demand of textbooks for grades eight, nine and ten is high in the district.

Narendra Raj Awasthi, a bookstore owner, said many parents, teachers and students come to his store every day to check if the books have arrived.

He said the state-owned publication house, Janak Shikshya Samagri Kendra (JSSK), has not  delivered the textbooks.

Mohan Prasad Pokharel, who works at the JSSK depot in the district, said around 700 sets of books for grades eight, nine and ten are required to address the shortage.

The central office of JSSK has said that the delivery of the books for grade eight will start from June 16. It, however, has not mentioned when the textbooks for other grades will be delivered.

Jayaraj Panta, the acting chief of District Education Office, said schools in Darchula have demanded 4, 425 books for secondary level and 11, 000 books for lower secondary level. There are 38, 958 students in the district.

Parsa affected as well

Many students in Parsa district are also attending their classes without complete set of textbooks. There is a

shortage of textbooks for the subjects, including Nepali, English, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies, for grades eight, nine and ten.Jata Sankhar Yadav, the district chair of Nepal Books and Stationery Association,  said the demand of books for grade eight is relatively higher than other grades.

The local depot of JSSK has pledged to solve the problem within three days.

Published: 14-06-2015 08:58

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