Pune: Although schools in the city have started their academic session on Thursday, none of the English medium textbooks for Std IX, apart from Maths I, have come to the market.
Although a slight delay was expected in the supply of Std IX textbooks as the syllabus for the same has changed this year, Sunil Magar, Director, Balbharti and SCERT, had assured that the books will be available to the public latest by June 15.
A staffer at Pragati Book Centre at Appa Balwant Chowk said, “While only one book for English medium is available in the market, the textbooks for languages (English, Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit, etc.) for Marathi medium too have not yet arrived.
Parents have been coming almost every day to ask for textbooks, as schools have already started, and even most children’s coaching classes have begun, but we can’t help them in any way.”
Another staffer added, “Earlier the suppliers told us that the books would be in by June 15. Now, we are told that they would come only next week. It’s difficult to say when exactly the books will be available. So even the parents are visiting the shops to find out about the textbooks almost every alternate day.”
A parent who had come to enquire about the Standard IX English medium textbooks said she has been looking for the books in
several localities around the city.
“I keep checking for the books every other day, at different places. But no shopkeeper is able to say when the books will be available.”
STD VIII workbooks not reprinted
As the Std VIII syllabus is going to change next year, the workbooks for Std VIII have not been reprinted this year, leading to shortage in the market. A staffer at Pragati Book Centre said, “We have limited stocks of workbooks for Std VIII this year. When the syllabus changes, these workbooks wouldn’t be of much use, and so they will go waste. That’s why they are not being reprinted.”
A parent said, “Even though we understand the reason why there is a shortage of workbooks in the market, it’s really frustrating to go around 10 shops to find different workbooks. I agree there shouldn’t be any wastage of paper. However, at least the students who are appearing for Std VIII this year should have the books that they need.”