Private schools in Belgaum yet to get textbooks

Even after two months of commencement of the current academic year, many private primary and high schools in the district have not been able to provide textbooks to their students in the district, including Belgaum city.

Yet, they are allegedly forcing the students to appear for terminal tests.

A parent, whose son is studying in an unaided school in the city, said despite repeated requests, the school authorities did not provide science and social studies textbooks. Classes were not held and the students were being forced to appear for tests in these subjects, he added.

Apparently, the schools only wanted to fulfil their obligation of conducting tests for the sake of records. This was not fair, said another parent.

Sources in the office of the Deputy Director of Public Instruction and Block Resource Centre in the city said about 80 to 90 per cent of textbooks to Kannada, Marathi, Hindi, Urdu and English medium schools had been supplied. However, the problem of shortage was mainly in unaided schools. It was because of the delay in submitting demand drafts for purchase of textbooks by them.

However, the sources said that most of the schools would get textbooks by next week.

  • It is because of the delay in submitting DDs
  • ‘Students are being forced to appear for tests'

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