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Text book crisis hits govt schools in Dmu
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Feb. 2011 1:08 AM IST
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After news of government schools charging admission fees were reported despite implementation of the RTE Act from the current academic year, students of government schools faces another hurdle in pursuing their education- shortage of textbooks. Government run schools are reportedly facing a serious crisis over distribution of free textbooks.
Confirming the reports on textbook shortage, DIS Dimapur said despite forwarding total number of enrollments by respective schools, the department had failed to supply enough textbooks to the schools. He said there was shortage of textbooks for almost every subject of different classes. “We have 25 percent shortage of textbooks even in class A and B,” he disclosed.
When asked about the fallout from the crisis with classes going in full swing, DIS pointed out the books which were supposed reach the godown by January 20, have not arrived.
Talking to Nagaland post over phone, DEO Dimapur replied in affirmative when asked about the shortage in supply of textbooks. However, she also said that additional requirements have been forwarded to the department to increase the supply. Meanwhile, some students and parents disclosed that they ended up buying textbooks from bookstalls despite the provisions of free textbooks from the government being available.
DNSU voices concern over implementation of RTE
Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) on Tuesday voiced serious concern over the implementation of - Right to Education (RTE) Act, in letter and spirit. DNSU executives admitted their skepticism on whether the Act would actually work out on ground.
DNSU president Medovoi Medeo and general secretary Machieo disclosed that they went around checking some government schools in and around Dimapur after receiving inputs regarding non-issuance of receipts for admission. Upon cross-checking, they found out that some of the schools had even raised their admission fees, instead of implementing the RTE.
“We found out that due to no financial aid from the government, the management was forced to collect some nominal fee. However some of them were not even issuing receipts for the same,” Medovoi said. DNSU also expressed apprehension over the implementation of Mid-Day Meal Scheme in various government schools. “Some of the anomalies pointed out are of very serious nature, if the allegations are found to be true,” union executives added.

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