Free textbooks of ‘Samacheer Kalvi' (Equitable Standard School Education) for students of Class VI are yet to be distributed to some of the Chennai School students.

Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said there is no shortage of books but it was just a “distribution gap,” which would be solved within a week.

Over 9,000 students are studying in Class VI of Chennai Schools, run by the civic body, and 2,000 of them have not received science textbooks.

A free distribution of textbooks was recently organised for Chennai Schools and Government Schools in the city. There was a requirement of over 1,000 mathematics, 970 social science, 1,700 Tamil and 2,700 English textbooks for Class VI of Chennai Schools. Most of the requirement is likely to be met following the distribution, sources said.

However, some of the teachers claimed that science books were not available for distribution to many Chennai Schools.

“The indent would have been based on certain assessment of their requirement by schools. Whatever they have given, we have supplied,” said Korlapati Satyagopal, Chairman and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Textbook Corporation. “The reason could be more admissions. We had already made 25,000 additional copies,” he added.

“We are taking advance action. Books will not be an issue. We have already commenced printing textbooks for the next academic year,” said Mr.Satyagopal.


Aloysius Xavier LopezJune 28, 2012

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