Free textbooks for school students are likely to be distributed by first week of June after getting the concurrence of the new School Education Minister, C.Ve. Shanmugham.

From this academic year, equitable education syllabus will be introduced up to Standard X (already it is in effect in the Standard VI), according to C. Amudhavalli, Chief Educational Officer.

She was addressing a meeting of headmasters of government-run and government aided schools convened here on Monday.

She said that in the Plus- Two public examinations, the district's performance had moved up from 27th place to 24th place in the State.

The department was trying to place Cuddalore within the 20th position next year.

She said that the onus was on headmasters and teachers to identify the Standard X and XII students, who had lesser attention span and grasping power at the beginning of the academic year itself, and give them special coaching.