Classes on, govt school students sans textbooks
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, April 2
Classes for the new academic session have begun but government school students are yet to get text books, thanks to the delay in dispatching of books by the Punjab School Education Board. It sends textbooks only after receiving the list of students from schools.
Children are facing inconvenience as they don’t have the textbooks to study from. Parveen Kumar, general secretary, Government School Teacher Union, said that the day the results are declared or the child is admitted to the new class, the textbooks should be handed over to them. But as per practice, lists of students are sent to the board and accordingly the board sends the books as per the number of students. The whole procedure is cumbersome and a lot of time is wasted, said Kumar.
"The classes have started and students are without textbooks of many subjects. At the same time, in private schools, the textbooks are available to students on time. The problem lies only with the government schools. If the students will not get the books on time, their concepts will not be clear ", said Tarlochan Singh, another teacher.
Teachers said students’ concepts are not clear as they get the textbooks after a particular chapter is taught in class which leads to poor results and then the teachers are blamed for poor showing. A senior teacher at a government school said that many textbooks were still in the printing process. And at times, books reach schools after three to four months. And by that time, a lot of the syllabus is covered. "These textbooks should be made available to the students on the onset of the new session. If the private schools can manage to get books for their students then why can’t government schools?", asked the teacher.
Paramjit Kaur Chahal, DEO (S), said “The textbooks were being delivered in schools and some schools were yet to get them. But soon they will receive them.”