Academic session starts in schools but without books to read


Srinagar: Even if the department of school education has started its new academic session across the Valley, the schools are yet to receive the books and other stationery items from the administration which has marred academics in the schools.

The new academic session in the Valley commenced from November 14 but the school education department is yet to ensure availability of books.

Interestingly, to overcome the deficiency in schools the teachers in their respective institutions are ‘managing’ the academics by distributing the books among the promoted students received during the previous academic session.

“We collect back the books from students who are promoted to next classes and distribute the same among other students,” said a teacher posted in north Kashmir district.

He said every year the students promoted to next class share their books with juniors which assist them to go ahead for new academic session.

“This practice is a routine in schools now as the government doesn’t provide 100 percent books to the students,” he said.

As part of the education policy the students enrolled in government educational institutions up to 7th standard are provided free of cost books from the department.

However, the schemes always get punctured due to the callous approach of the concerned authorities in providing books to the schools.

Notably, Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK), G N Itoo had asked the school head to commence the new academic session in schools from November 14- children’s day. However, the students are yet to receive their books.

Secretary school education Department Farooq Ahmad Shah was not available for comments.

However, an official in JKBOSE dealing with supply of text books to school education department said they have covered far flung areas in Leh, Kargil and Gurez besides, will start supply of books to Kupwara district as well.

“We are hopeful that we will cover major areas by November 25,” he said.

Every year the school education department starts new academic session in government schools without prior supply of books particularly in far off areas which mars the academic session in schools.



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