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Textbooks shortage... By Sidra

27 April, 2012

Shortage of textbooks is a major problem. The new academic year has started but many textbooks are not available in the market, causing immense problems for students of government and private schools. Shortage of new books has created a huge problem for both parents and students as the new academic session began.

As a result, second-hand book vendors at Urdu Bazaar are doing a roaring business. Parents face difficulties in purchasing books at controlled rates because prices printed on textbooks and mentioned on the price list provided by shopkeepers are different. The reason behind this is load shedding that result in late publishing of textbooks. Prices of textbooks published by private publishers have also been raised substantially. The net losers are parents and students who are studying in private schools, as they have to purchase the expensive curriculum printed by private publishers. Some private schools even force their students to purchase these books directly from schools, charging more. Booksellers inform parents that textbooks would be provided to them in a few days, but they are still waiting for their arrival.

All these things are causing problems for students of government and private schools. I request schoolteachers to at least understand the issue of unavailability of books and not punish children for not bringing them. I urge the concerned authorities to ensure the availability of textbooks in the market and make them available to students at reasonable prices.

SIDRA QAISER Via e-mail

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