No shortage of textbooks this year in DK district

 However, this year, there will be no shortage of books as the government has already taken measure to supply textbooks on time.

The district has already received 90 per cent of textbooks to be supplied free of cost among government schools and 86 per cent of the textbooks to be supplied among the private schools.  Speaking to Deccan Herald, DDPI Chame Gowda said the demand for free textbooks to be supplied among government schools is 10,55,337. The district has already received 9,48,357 textbooks. The demand for textbooks to be sold to the private schools is 7,93,635. The district has already received 6,75,639 textbooks. The remaining textbooks will be received by the month end, he said and added that there will be no shortage of textbooks this year.  All the measures will be taken to distribute textbooks free of cost to the government schools on May 27, when the school reopens.  

All the government, aided and unaided schools have been asked to reopen on May 27, instead of May 30 as per the direction of the Minister for Primary Education, DDPI informed.

For the first time, free textbooks are distributed to the IX and X standard students of aided schools. For private schools, the department of Public Instruction will arrange for the sale of textbooks by opening a special counters during the working hours at the office of BEO. The date will be fixed for the schools to collect the textbooks, he added.  

He said one set of free uniforms to be distributed among government and aided school children will arrive within a week.  Last year, the delivery of textbooks in private schools was delayed because the order and DD was sent late and the demand for the textbooks kept increasing day-by-day, he said.

Tulu in curriculum

The DDPI said that Tulu will be introduced as third language in the curriculum from six standard during the academic year. All the government schools and few aided schools have been asked to introduce Tulu as optional subject. “We will come to know the interest of the students in learning Tulu only after classes commence. However, textbooks have already been printed,” he added.

Tulu textbooks were prepared based on the guidelines of the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) by the textbook committee, which is headed by Academy chairman Palthadi Ramakrishna Achar. The committee also gave special emphasis to national education policy while designing the curriculum. He said Karnataka Tulu Sahithya Academy has also written to the education department to introduce Tulu as optional language in tenth standard as well.

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