Ambala, June 28
Summer vacation is about to end, but the wait for textbooks for students in grades I through VIII studying in the district’s public schools is still on. In Ambala, more than 57,800 students are enrolled in classes I to VIII.
Only electronic copies of the workbooks are available
To cover the school loss due to Covid, the Edu department has launched a catch-up program for classes I to III, for which special notebooks have been prepared. Electronic copies have been made available, hard copies have yet to arrive. A teacher
Delivery between July 10 and 15
Books for students in classes I to VIII have not yet arrived. I spoke to the supplier and he assured me that the books would be delivered to the 771 government schools in the district between July 10 and 15. Sudhir Kalra, DEO, Ambala
A teacher at a public school in Ambala-II block said: “Students have already suffered academic loss due to Covid. To cover the loss, the Department of Education started a remedial program, Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, for students in grades I through III, for which special textbooks were prepared. While electronic copies of the manuals have been made available, hard copies have yet to arrive. »
“A similar situation is encountered with the UDAAN remedial program for classes IV to VIII. Non-availability of teaching materials and workbook is a major impediment to teaching in public schools,” she added.
Another teacher said, “Until now we have been getting by with old books, but such mismanagement can be avoided with proper planning. The department should ensure that new and updated textbooks reach schools before the start of the academic session.
The academic session started in April and schools will resume classes from July 1 after the summer holidays. Free books are provided by the department for students in classes I to VIII.
Although the schedule change is believed to be the main reason for the delay, this is not the first time there has been a delay in the distribution of the books.
A lack of coordination between the managers involved and a delay in placing the order are also cited as reasons for the delay in the arrival of the books.
The teachers said the order for the books should have been placed in December so that the books would be published on time and delivered to schools before the start of the new term.
Meanwhile, Ambala DEO Sudhir Kalra said, “Books for class I-VIII students have not arrived yet. I spoke to the supplier and he assured me that the books would be delivered to the 771 public schools in the district between July 10 and 15.
“Efforts are being made by the ministry to address the learning loss gaps. The department had launched the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Curriculum for students in Grades I-III and the UDAAN Curriculum for Grades IV-VIII to alleviate learning gaps that arose due to school closures during Covid .