40pc stu­dents still without course books

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD— A re­cent sur­vey has re­vealed that thou­sands of chil­dren study­ing at gov­ern­ment schools in the fed­eral cap­i­tal have not been pro­vided with course books. The new aca­demic ses­sion com­menced from 11th April at schools but still 40 per­cent stu­dents have not been pro­vided with course books till now, re­ports said. These stu­dents are com­pelled to at­tend their classes without their course books.

Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion and Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment are re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing books to the stu­dents of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions but they proved to be to in­com­pe­tent in per­form­ing their duty. The stu­dents are suf­fer­ing due to de­lay in ac­quir­ing their text books due to neg­li­gence of the two de­part­ments al­most ev­ery year.

Min­is­ter of State for CADD, Dr. Tahiq Fazal Chaudhry took se­ri­ous no­tice of the sit­u­a­tion and di­rected the Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion and Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment to en­sure pro­vi­sion of books at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble.

The Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment has said that the Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion was given di­rec­tives to com­plete the pub­lish­ing of the course books in time so that the stu­dents could be fur­nished with their in­di­vid­ual set of course books with the be­gin­ning of the new aca­demic ses­sion. De­spite these di­rec­tives the Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion has not de­liv­ered the books to the re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Book Foun­da­tion, the stu­dents of these schools will be pro­vided with the course books by the end of this month. The of­fi­cial also said that the foun­da­tion has setup its print­ing press to elim­i­nate the is­sue of pub­lish­ing. In this re­gard the PC- 1 has been for­mu­lated and Rs 9mil­lion will be spent on the publication of the re­quired num­ber of books. — INP

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