BAITADI, June 18: The textbooks that the government provides to public school students for free are yet to reach Baitadi district.
Although the new academic sessions in the district started from mid-May this year, the textbooks have not reached here. The district has demanded around 83,000 text books for 540 community schools in the district.
So far, only around 50,000 text books have arrived in the district. Baldev Nath, the principal of Sanatan Dharma Secondary School at Shreekot, lamented that even though the new academic session has already begun, the schools here are reeling under a shortage of textbooks.
"The textbooks have not been received in proportion to the number of students here," he said.
Narendra Prasad Awasthi, Chief of Education Development and Coordination Unit in Baitadi shared that the delay in providing the textbooks was due to a delay in the printing process. The printing process was affected by local level elections, according to Awasthi.
"The textbooks for grades 7 and 9 and other grades as well will arrive in the district within a few days," he assured.