THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After the textbook distribution process in schools was delayed by many months during the previous academic year, the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) has taken steps to ensure that the process is carried out smoothly this year.
As early as on January 1 this year, the DPI issued a circular inviting the indent for textbooks from Classes I to X from schools in Kerala, Gulf, Lakshadweep and Mahe. The indent was to be submitted on the website www.itschool.gov.in from January 3 to 15.
“The textbooks would be dispatched on time to the respective school societies by the Kerala Books and Publications Society via post,” Director of Public Instruction Gopalakrishna Bhat said.
However, taking into account the errors that might creep in during the indenting process, the DPI has given time to the schools to rectify such errors. “Schools have been asked to check the indent they have submitted earlier and make corrections if required in the number of copies ordered,” the DPI said.A circular has been issued defining the role of various education officers, including the headmaster, in the entire textbook distribution process.
“We have also given instructions so that if any sort of deliberate delay is detected, action will be taken against the officials concerned,” the DPI said.
In 2014, the textbook distribution was delayed in some of the districts with some schools not receiving the textbooks even after the first term of the academic year ended.