Srinagar, Jan 28: As the faculties throughout Kashmir are scheduled to reopen within the first week of March after over three-month lengthy winter trip, the main target has shifted to the Jammu and Kashmir Board of College Training (BOSE) amid apprehensions in regards to the well timed distribution of textbooks to the scholars.
The stakeholders, together with academics and fogeys, have voiced their issues, citing their previous experiences whereby the authorities in BOSE failed to make sure the well timed distribution of textbooks in colleges throughout Kashmir.
“We by no means obtain textbooks on time which prices dearly for college kids. The distribution of textbooks begins in April or Could and the method continues until June or July. On this course of, college students are disadvantaged of the fundamental amenities and it defeats the aim of schooling in colleges,” a faculty trainer stated wishing to not be named.
He stated that they had been requested to protect a textbook financial institution by taking again textbooks from college students of the earlier session that are distributed to college students promoted to the subsequent class.
“However at occasions there are some updates and modifications in textbooks and the scholars who’re given earlier 12 months’s books get confused with it,” the trainer stated.
In 2023, the faculties throughout Kashmir reopened in March after winter holidays however the distribution of textbooks was delayed until July and August.
The varsity trainer stated that regardless of the delayed distribution of textbooks, the scholars by no means obtain an entire set of textbooks as a number of the books by no means attain faculty for the complete tutorial session.
In keeping with the official schedule notified by BOSE in 2023, the method for distributing textbooks was set to begin on April 5, 2023.
The books had been anticipated to succeed in all zones throughout Kashmir by the final week of April or the primary week of Could.
Nevertheless, this timeline was not met, leaving college students on the receiving finish.
The scholars had been with out textbooks until July.
This 12 months, BOSE has ordered non-public colleges to undertake BOSE-prescribed textbooks in colleges from class 1st to class twelfth.
The BOSE has to cater to all the faculties and make sure the distribution of textbooks to all authorities colleges and personal recognised colleges on time.
A BOSE official stated that they take up the matter with involved Zonal Training Officers (ZEOs) to submit the requisition to get the textbooks for the faculties of their respective zones.
“However we by no means obtain the precise variety of textbooks required in every zone as per the enrollment of the scholars. This may be the explanation why all the scholars don’t obtain textbooks on time,” the official stated.
Speaking to Better Kashmir, Director Teachers BOSE, Sudhir Singh stated that the BOSE textbooks had began arriving and that they had been hopeful that the books would come on time.
“We’ve got additionally considered whereas printing textbooks that our books have to succeed in all authorities and personal colleges. We’ve got deliberate the printing of textbooks to offer them to personal colleges as properly,” he stated.
Singh stated that if all the pieces goes properly, all of the textbooks would attain colleges on time.
“Many textbooks have already arrived. I don’t assume there ought to be any downside. The printing of textbooks is an ongoing course of, and our course of begins in September-October. We try to distribute textbooks to varsities early,” he stated.
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