Free exercise books also stressed

2 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Distribution of textbook nationwide has become an annual programme. In fact, with the participation of students, teachers and guardians this annual programme on the first day of the year has become a regular festival. And this has been playing a significant role in increasing the number of school-going children in the country. Now teachers have identified the necessity to distribute exercise books as well to encourage students in studies and thereby to bring hundred per cent children under schooling.

Education is a must for the development of human resources. Every family wants their children going school regularly and being educated properly. However, there are many families who find it hard to manage two square meals a day for their children. They, in many cases, prefer engaging their children in petty works rather than in studies to ensure the very basic need that stands at the bottom of the ladder of the hierarchy of needs.  

The inadequacy of many things that are required to just stay alive as human beings, the ultra poor who live below the poverty line mostly compromise the education of their children with the need for money. Spending money on buying books is a big burden for them. Realising this, the government yesterday started distributing more than 35 crores of textbooks among students across the country.

However, despite free textbooks, parents are required to spend on exercise books and other stationeries quite a considerable amount of money in comparison with the cost of textbooks. Deficiency in buying these stationeries had rightly been identified as a major barrier to achieving the target of bringing cent per cent children under the compulsory education net.

Also, programmes for distributing exercise books proved successful in bringing the children, especially of the ultra poor families who even after getting free books require more supports for sending their children to schools. This explains the reality that despite success in achieving high enrolment rate, about 20 per cent students drop out before primary and around 38 per cent before secondary levels of education mainly due to non-affordability. Free distribution of exercise books can help achieve the target of reducing dropout rate significantly.