Textbooks and notebooks are yet to reach many of the schools even as as schools reopened on Monday.
While the syllabus of classes 1, 6, 9 and 11 was revised last year, students in rest of the classes have their curriculum revised this year. Officials from Trichy district chief educational office said that they have been distributing books to schools as and when they receive the consignment from Chennai, without clarifying on the reason for the delay.
Teachers have been asked to manage classes using e-books until then. But many of them find it challenging to engage students in the absence of a hard copy. Same is the case in government aided schools where many are managing with ebooks. “There may not be much of an issue in lower classes, but each day counts to prepare students for board examinations as the syllabus must be completed on time for revision,” said a teacher from a city government school.
“When teachers themselves need to prepare for the classes, there could have been better arrangements to ensure that textbooks are distributed on time,” said the teacher, adding that many schools did not receive books especially for classes 3,5 and 8. The head master from a government school in Manapparai said that they have received textbooks only for Tamil and English subjects. “We did not get a clear answer from the CEO’s office on when we can expect the rest of the books. But we have been asked to go ahead with the curriculum based on e-books of the textbooks that are already available online,” he said.
“It is better if we could get the textbooks to effectively teach children and keep them attentive in the classroom. If notebooks are also delayed, it will certainly affect the classes,” said another teacher from the government school in Thuraiyur. However, the Trichy district chief educational office said that text books have arrived in most of the schools and distribution started on Monday.