More than a month into session, 8 lakh students waiting for books in Punjab: The Tribune India

Our correspondent

Fazilka, May 7

Even after more than a month since the new academician started in schools across the state, students in Classes I, II and III still haven’t received books. Namely, Mathematics, English and Punjabi are taught in these classes.

“Due to the unavailability of books, the studies of our departments are affected,” Gurmeet Singh and Manoj Kumar from Chakkarwale Jhuge locality said here.

According to reports, there are about 8 lakh of Class I, II and III students in 12,826 public primary schools in the state. Moreover, almost half of the books for class IV and V are also not available in the market, which further affects the studies of about 13.87 lakh students.

“More than a month has already been lost. Students are forced to sit idly in class. If the books are not provided, they will not be able to cover the curriculum for the remaining period,” the parents, Salwant Singh and Sukhwinder Singh said, adding that the books should be made available without further delay.

Bhagwant Bhateja, Head Teacher, Govt Primary Smart School, Pakka Seed Farm, said they are trying to teach students with old books.

Yog Raj, chairman of PSEB, said the state government has decided to introduce pre-primary classes from this term. Books that were used previously need to be updated. He said the books are designed according to the new curriculum. “The Punjabi book for Class I is being distributed and the English book for Class I will be available by the weekend. Books for Punjabi and English for Class II should also be provided at the earliest,” Yog Raj said.

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