STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Schools begin, but many Bengaluru students yet to receive textbooks  

 Even after a month of reopening of schools,, students are yet to receive textbooks, say several private schools in the state.

Published: 29th June 2019 06:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th June 2019 05:17 PM   |  A+A-

Vidhan Soudha

A man paints a median barricade in front of Vidhana Soudha, in sweltering heat, in Bengaluru. (Photo| Pushkar V, EPS)

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Even after a month of the reopening of schools, students are yet to receive textbooks, say several private schools in the state. It is especially hard on students who have their board exams this year.
Students had their bridge course for the first 15 days, after that, they are either made to share textbooks or have to make do with old textbooks that they have to borrow from seniors, said sources from private schools.

Students of some private schools in Bengaluru south said they are yet to receive social studies books for class 10 and Sanskrit books for class eight. Shashikumar,  general secretary, Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools, told TNIE that he received complaints in this regard. But officials have claimed that the books have been distributed.

At the block level, the situation is worse, Shashikumar pointed to the allegations of officials asking for bribes to supply textbooks and the difficulties rural schools have to go through. “Parents do not mind paying a little extra for the delivery of books to schools. At present, school authorities have to make several trips to the BEO office to pick up the books. But mostly the officials keep postponing it.”

Commissioner of Public Instruction P C Jaffer told TNIE that corrective action will be taken if there are any lapses in the distribution of the textbooks. The department had “declared that those students who study the state syllabus will be given free textbooks. They are to be distributed along with regular books,” he added.

Bus Pass Delay Too

Private schools in the city have requested the BMTC to extend the validity of the provisional pass that is given to students in lieu of a bus pass.

Shashikumar,  general secretary, Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools, said there seems to be incompatibility between the SATS (student achievement tracking system) in the department of primary and secondary education and the software the BMTC uses.

It will take at least 10 days to correct the glitch and issue passes, he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp