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Shortage of Tamil Textbooks hits Schools
Most private and matriculation schools in the city are in a fix over supplying Tamil textbooks to students of Standards I and VI.
School managements complained of shortage of the books. “There is a scarcity in the market of the Tamil books because there is no publisher other than the Tamil Nadu Text Book Corporation (TNTBC), ” said a management representative.
Beginning this academic year, for these two classes, the State Government introduced the uniform syllabi by ushering in the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act, 2010.
It also approved a list of publishers for the schools to purchase books. This was following a Madras High Court order that in essence said that schools should have the freedom to choose textbooks.
Complying with the order, the Government approved a few publishers and posted their details on the School Education Department website, http://www.pallikalvi.in/
The list of publishers, approved by the State Common Board of School Education, does not have the name, nor address of the publisher coming out with Tamil textbooks for both the classes.
Assuming that the TNTBC would supply the Tamil textbooks, as it had done in the past, private and matriculation schools went ahead and placed orders for English, environment science and mathematics books for Standard I and English, mathematics, science and social science for Standard VI.
And finally when the managements approached the Corporation for Tamil books, they were told that the Tamil textbooks would be supplied only with other books and were not available separately.
“We were shocked to hear the Corporation’s response because for the last couple of years the Government had been supplying Tamil textbooks to all schools, including private ones,” a school correspondent said.
This has forced a few school managements and, in turn, parents to spend additionally on the Corporation’s sets of books to purchase Tamil textbooks. Standard I books cost 200 and Standard VI books 250.
The Tamil Nadu Text Book Corporation sources in Coimbatore said the shortage that existed had been cleared and Tamil books were being sold separately.
“Of the 6,000 Tamil textbooks for Standard VI that arrived, 3,000 are at the warehouse. And, nearly 2,000 books for Standard I had arrived and are ready to be supplied to schools,” the sources said.