Textbook shortage as new session starts

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 23-06-2022 | 06:00 am

Textbook shortage as new session starts

ByManush ShahThe new academic year for 2022-23 has once again begun with a shortage of GSEB and CBSE textbooks for students and parents across the city. In fact, textbook shortage has become a sort of ritual every new academic year. In the previous academic years too students and parents had to face non-availability of textbooks for months after the schools reopened.Keyur Shah, the owner of Parth Books, said textbook availability, particularly for the primary classes across all grades is low.“The change in course plan could be one reason for the short supply of textbooks in the market,” said Shah.Those in the book business said the high fluctuation in paper prices could also have impacted the supply. Keyur Aggrawal of Garg Library told Mirror that the crunch is felt across all standards from Class 1 to Class 12.“GSEB textbooks are taking longer than usual to reach the market, while some CBSE textbooks are not available at all. The waiting period runs into weeks,” said Aggrawal. He said as paper prices have shot up, the printing process has slowed down resulting in an erratic supply of textbooks.Interestingly, the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) had in November 2021 announced that it would distribute the textbooks early this year and it will reach schools by April 2022.Shraddha Trivedi, parent of a class 6 student from Terf School said her son is yet to get his Sanskrit textbook. ‘The books are not even available at bookstores suggested by the school. At present he is using a friend’s book and the teacher’s study material as he awaits the textbook,” said Trivedi. Bhavna, mother of a Class 8 student of Zebar School said they could not get the Sanskrit and Computer Textbooks from any shop in their area. “The school has started and we are planning to buy it from the school store,” said Bhavna.

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