Haridwar: The tall claims by the State Government to provide free books to students till Class VIII in government schools have fallen flat. The laid back attitude of the state authorities can be gauged from the fact that though it has been two months since the new academic session of 2011 begun, the students of government schools are yet to receive text books.

These books are provided to the students free of cost by the school authorities. However, two months after the commencement of the new academic session, the schools are yet to receive the book stock from the publishing houses.

Even before the start of the summer vacations, school authorities had assured students to distribute the books by the last week of June. However, ten days have passed since the school reopened after the summer vacations, the wait for students is yet to end.

Whenever a query in this regard is raised, the school authorities are quick to assign a new date for the process.
In all the government schools of Uttarakhand, the state government provides free books from first to eighth standard. There are 15, 644 Primary schools and 4, 296 Junior high schools in the state, where over 10, 93, 355 students are enrolled.

From the beginning of the academic session, the students in government schools are provided for books free of cost. Though books are not provided free of costs in semi government and non government aided institutions, still they are being taught on that particular curriculum. The students of these schools have to purchase books from shops. There are over 4, 376 such institutions in the state.

Taking Haridwar as an example, there are no books in primary schools while in junior schools there is incomplete set of text books. For seventh standard, only Mathematics, Science and Social science books are in stock, whereas for Class VIII only English text books are available. A similar scenario is being witnessed at Dehradun, whereas the situation is even further deplorable in other districts of the state.

(JPN/Bureau)