Even after the passage of about one month to the commencement of academic session, government schools in the Kashmir Valley are yet to receive books.
As per the system, with the commencement of new session, the State Board has to get the books printed so that the same can be supplied to the students.
The students of class Ist to 8th standard enrolled in government Schools are provided free of cost books from the department.
However the Scheme always gets punctured due to the callous approach of the concerned authorities in providing books in the schools.
Interestingly, to overcome the deficiency in schools the teachers in their respective institutions are managing academics by distributing the used books among the promoted students.
“We collect back the books from students who are promoted to next classes and distribute same among the student,” a teacher working in zone Imam sahab of Shopian district told The Kashmiriyat.
He added that every year the students promoted to next class share their books with juniors which assist them to go ahead for new academic session.
“Even that is turning out to be insufficient as most books collected from students are not worth to share as books have been torn,” another teacher from Kulgam district added.
The teacher told The Kashmiriyat that BOSE mostly supplies 50 per cent of the required stock of textbooks to the students during winters and other 50 per cent after 4 to 5 months.
“This is not for the first time that something like this has happened, this has become a routine in Kashmir” another teacher working in Shadimarg zone of Pulwama on condition of anonymity told The Kashmiriyat.
He added that government is always playing with the future of poor students as all students who study in government schools are from poor background.
Private school students have completed two to three chapters of every subject and we are yet to receive books, that becomes the reason that government schools always remain behind private schools, he added.
“Parents of students studying in government schools are poor due to which department is not taking this issue seriously as they know no one is hearing their requests,” a parent whose wards are studying in government school told The Kashmiriyat.
Admitting that there is shortage of textbooks in the schools, Joint Secretary (Publication), BOSE, Mohammad Arif Akhoon, said they were supplying to the far-off areas on priority while supplies to the remaining parts of the valley would be "made within a week'.