The new academic session has started in government schools once again without textbooks. The government schools under 10 blocks in the district commenced new academic session with textbooks on Wednesday.
The reason behind this is the transportation fund not being released by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office. During a visit to several schools, it was found that schools have not received textbooks for the students of Class 6 to 12. The teachers were conducting classes by using old textbooks.
Meanwhile, the environmental education textbook of Class 5 has left the students perplexed as its third page of the first chapter says plants inhale oxygen and release carbon dioxide. This mistake was highlighted last year as well but the board has again failed to correct it.
A primary school teacher, seeking anonymity, said, "While I was teaching the students, the third page of the first chapter left me shocked as the board has not corrected its mistake. I made corrections in the books using pen."
A headmistress of a government school, who wished not to be named, said, "The board claims every year that it will provide textbooks before the new academic session but again the students of Class 6 to 12 are yet to receive textbooks. In our school, we have made contribution to pay auto-rickshaw driver for delivering the textbooks to our school."
When contacted, PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said, "The board has already sent the textbooks to book depots. 95 per cent of the textbooks have reached at the block level and now it is the duty of the education department to make these reach the schools."
District education officer, elementary, Gurjot Singh said, "We have sent the textbooks at block level and I don't think there is any school in district which has not received textbooks."
Government schools start admission process
The admission process for the students of Class 1 to 12 in government schools started on Wednesday. For the convenience of parents, several schools have displayed information regarding admission process and timings at their entrance. A few government primary schools have displayed hoardings in the markets to make the parents aware about the admissions in government schools.
There are no charges for admissions in government schools. The students will get free school uniform, textbooks and midday meal.
Anoop Kumar Passi, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery road, said, "The response from parents is very good and we are getting students from educated families. Even students from prominent private schools reached our school for admission today and we enrolled more than 50 students.
More students have applied for admissions in Class 1. I have formed committees for admission process. On the notice board near the entrance point, we have displayed the admission process and timings for the convenience of parents.
Niar Singh, principal of government senior secondary school, said, "We started admission process today and expect more students this year. The public works department has constructed 12 new classrooms. Thus we have sufficient space to add more sections."