While the session in government schools starting from April 1, students in some classes are yet to get certain books, including core subjects such as maths, science, English and Punjabi. The books are provided free of cost to all students from Classes 6 to 8 and those from Scheduled Caste in Classes 9 and 10.
"The English book for Class 6, computer and science book for Class 7 and computer book for Class 8 have not arrived so far. Besides these, Punjabi textbook 'Sahit Mala', science and supplementary English Reader for Class 9 and supplementary English Reader, mathematics and social studies part-1 books for Class 10 are yet to be supplied to students," claimed a source. The situation is alike in most schools in the district, he added.
The textbooks are printed and published by the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, and then supplied under Sarav Sikhia Abhiyan (SSA) to schools.
"The continuous comprehensive evaluations are conducted in schools at regular intervals. Now the internal assessment tests are to be held in May, which carry the weightage of 20 marks, but lack textbooks are affecting studies of students besides teaching work," said Prem Kumar Chawla, senior state vice-president of the Government Teachers Union, Punjab.
"We are yet to receive textbooks of science, English and social studies for Class 6, science and computer science for Class 7 and computer science for Class 8 even as the session has started from April 1. The late arrival of books is having its negative impact on the studies and teachers also find themselves helpless," said Kailash, a teacher in a Faridkot school, last week.
"We have not still got textbooks of science, social science, English Reader and Punjabi grammar," claim students of Class 6 of government middle school, Purana Quila, Kotkapura. About less than half of the books have been supplied, it is learnt.
"Similar is the situation in Classes 7 and 8," a teacher from school said.
"Earlier, books were supplied even in March before the session begins, but this year, there is a delay," another teacher added.
"We are asked to send the number of students in different classes before December and there is a very small variation in the number, so why books are not supplied in time before the session begins," asked a teacher in the government middle school.
"I am aware of the problem and have also talked to the chairperson of PSEB and the books would be provided this week," said DEO (secondary) Amarjeet Singh.