In Haryana, free books are provided by the government to children in grades 1 to 8 who study in government schools as per their education policy. The new session started two months ago but so far no new books have been given to the children.
The children in the economically weaker section find it difficult to study due to the lack of books. The state government has declared summer vacation starting June 1 and students are unlikely to have access to the new session books during the vacation.
In some schools, teachers had passed on some of the old copies of the books which were not in good condition and three to four students were seen sharing a book.
More students have been admitted to public schools this school year, but they are lagging behind private school students due to lack of books.
WHAT A TEACHER SAYS
A teacher told India Today that due to the non-availability of books, the education of children in public schools was affected.
“Children have been coming to school for two months, but so far no new books have been donated by the government. Children from poor neighborhoods come to study in public schools, they cannot buy books. new books,” said Asha Rani, a public school teacher. .
“There are old books but they are torn. Three to four children sit and have to study from one book,” she said.
A few students have also complained that they haven’t received any new books yet. A parent also expressed concern about how the children would study without fresh books for the new academic session.
WHAT THE OFFICIALS HAVE TO SAY
Rohtak district education officer Dr Vijay Laxmi Nandal said free books were offered by the government to students in grades 1-8.
“But it’s now been two months since the children received the books. It’s because the books went to the publishers,” he said.
“Due to the lack of books, children’s education is affected, but some schools are content with old books. Hopefully the new books will arrive soon in June,” he added.