‘Distribution system is in a mess as disbursal of trimester books has been delayed’

The Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation and Higher Secondary Schools Welfare Association has urged the State Government to distribute free of cost all the books under ‘Samacheer Kalvi’ for Standards I to XII.

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, its general secretary G. Krishnaraj said that the present distribution system was in a “complete mess” as private schools were having a hard time getting books for the trimester, which was made available just now.

The Tamil Nadu Textbook Corporation, from which the private schools have been told to buy the Samacheer books, was frequently running out of stock. It had only one godown in Coimbatore – at Ondipudur – and schools located as far away as Mettupalayam and Pollachi must come down here to buy the books.

Distributing the books free, he said, would solve a lot of problems and provide tremendous relief to both schools and students. The Government, which was already giving bicycles and laptops free of cost to students, should also actively consider giving the textbooks similarly.

Mr. Krishnaraj said that the books were being given free to Government and aided schools, but private schools alone were asked to purchase them.

Further, the association also called for relaxation in Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act’s norms such as mandating the quantum of open space in the schools. This meant many schools would have to purchase additional land, which was an expensive proposition that cannot be afforded by smaller schools.

It also called for the constitution of a committee by the State Government to look into the problems faced by self-financing schools in Tamil Nadu, many of which were facing closure due to financial difficulties and other constraints.