Bathinda: Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is in a deep crisis for being currently unable to provide the books to students in the coming session. Delay in the purchase of printing material is being cited as the reason. Finding it a serious issue that would disturb the PSEB as well as the whole of education department of the state, the state government has now decided to collect all books from the students of the outgoing session and hand them over to the students coming in next batch.
This way the students in the upcoming session would be using the second-hand books that is reportedly happening for the first time in the state since the Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan was launched couple of years ago. It is pertinent to mention that under the Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan, the students in government schools are provided with the books free of cost.
While issuing a letter to all District Education Officers of Elementary as well as Secondary wings, Special Secretary of the Education Department has directed to ensure that school heads collect all such free supplied books from the students before declaring the annual results. The department has called it a “stop gap arrangement”, with a mention that new books would be published but for the time being students would use these used books.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary disclosed that that the Punjab government on Saturday decided to upload the e-text books for the coming academic session on the Punjab School Education Board’s website so that these can reach to the students at proper time. The decision, as learnt, is taken in a high level meeting of the Punjab School Education Board. According to the new policy, which is certainly framed to control the visible damage for delay in printing, any student can download the e-text book after log in to the Board’s website and clicking the books folder icon.
It is learnt that out of the total 350 text books prescribed for the government schools of the state at present 107 books have already been uploaded on the site in electronic form, whereas 22 more e-text books are expected to be uploaded till April 15 and 17 more till the end of May. Issuing a press statement, Education minister Aruna Chaudhary said the government was committed to fulfill all the promises made to the public with regard to revamp the primary and secondary education of the state.
“Instruction have been passed to the officers and senior educationist concerned to examine the content matter of the 350 text books prescribed for the school students and if they feel any need to alter the content of the text books then after doing the needful the printing of the text books be expedited so that students can get books in the beginning of academic session,” said Chaudhary.
Delay in the purchase of printing material is being cited as the reason and terming it a stop gap arrangement, all school heads are directed to collect used books from passing out students before declaring annual results