Free books will reach students’ homes

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Bhubaneswar: school has been closed for two months, disrupting children’s education. If the children had books before the holidays, they could have read them at home. However, the school and public education department are focusing on delivering books to children as the school is not open in the current situation. Delivery of books to children’s homes is being considered as soon as the lockdown opens.

According to the department, free textbooks have been delivered to all blocks, notified area councils and metropolitan corporations in the state by March 15. The distribution of textbooks for the academic year 2020-21 began on November 22 last year. This academic year, a total of 2.58 lakh 27 thousand 43 books are required. Of these, 245,512 books will be distributed free of charge to various government schools, while 4,079 books will be sent for sale. As of March 15, 925 centers in 30 districts have been booked as required. Books have been sent to all schools from 925 centers. It is learned that the headmaster / headmaster of the school is in charge of this. Similarly, various types of help books (remedial books) have been distributed to students. By the first week of March, 20,050,070 books had been distributed in 30 districts. Some books have also been sent out of the state to Surat, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. The interior committee of the Senai Schools and Mass Education Department has held preliminary discussions on how to get these books to children during the holidays. Talks are underway with the teachers’ union to bring books to the children’s home at a social distance. If all goes well, the book will be delivered to the child’s home as soon as the lockdown occurs. Teachers will deliver books to children’s homes at social distances. This allows children to get books and stay home to read during the summer holidays.

On the other hand, emphasis has been placed on assessing the answer accounts of half-matric candidates and completing the Plus 2 exams. The department also emphasizes that tests and accounts can be assessed as soon as the corona situation improves. The meeting will be held on April 30 as soon as the lockdown is lifted. However, Schools and Mass Education Minister Sameer Ranjan Das said that regular discussions were currently underway with the Council for Higher Education, the Council for Secondary Education and departmental officials.

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