ANDHRA PRADESH

Shortage of textbooks hits school students

Rajulapudi Srinivas

A total of 21,41,982 textbooks required in the district

NELLORE: Schools students are still facing problems due to non-availability of textbooks in the market though schools have reopened twenty days ago in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district.

While the officials are saying that the required number of text books would be supplied to all government schools and welfare hostels in the district by the end of this month, students studying in private schools are facing the problem as text books are not available in book stalls.

Education Department officials say that about 4,161 schools are there in the district including 2,974 primary, 663 upper primary, 520 high schools and four higher secondary schools. Of the 520 high schools, the State Government is running 277 success schools with CBSE syllabus, and 412 private unaided schools are there in the district.

Besides, some hundreds of unauthorised schools are running in 46 mandals in which more than 1 lakh students are studying in these institutions, it is said.

According to the data available with the Education Department officials 3,82,034 students are in rolls in aided schools in the district during 2008-09.

Requirement

Officials of the District Government Text Book Sales Office say that a total of 21,41,982 text books were required in the district.

Records say that 1,37,042 books were available in the mandals and 98,179 books were in the government depot, and the officials have sent a report to the government stating that 19,06,761 text books are required for the year 2009-10.

Before reopening of schools, government has sent 11,55,890 books and the staff of the text books and sales office have dispatched the stocks from June 3 to 10. Still 7,50,871 text books were required for government schools’ students in the district.

If this was the situation in government schools, students studying in private institutions are facing much problem either due to ‘no stock’ boards or higher prices.

Waiting for Stocks

District Education Officer D. Anjaneyulu said the officials distributed 12,94,181 books (including old stocks) in government schools so far and the remaining 8.23 lakh text books would be distributed once the stocks arrive. Students or parents can complain to the DEO’s office if any shopkeeper sell books at higher rates, he said.

Government Text Books Sales Office manager S.Vijaya Lakshmi has said there was no deficiency of text books last year and this year too, the second spell of distribution would be done shortly.

“As per the requisition list sent by Mandal Education Officers, text books were dispatched in all the schools. Government is also distributing English medium books in success schools for classes 6 and 7 this year”, she said.