HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
ITAHARI: Bookstores in Itahari of Sunsari sold school textbooks at a higher price to consumers, officials said today.
The unpleasant incident came to light when a monitoring team led by journalists and other stakeholders found that students and guardians were being cheated by various textbook publications in different pretexts, District Education Officer Divyaraj Kattel said.
“After monitoring eight bookstores in Makalu, Taplejung and Ambika of Itahari today, we found that most of the books sold were without price tags,” he said.
The book sellers are even replacing a new price sticker over the original one, Kattel said. He pledged to take immediate measures to stop the rampant cheating in textbooks.
Kattel said the monitoring team has asked the concerned bookshops to sell the textbooks in their original price. “We will soon write to the concerned ministry for action against the ‘fleecing’ bookstores,” he added.
He also urged locals to inform the monitoring team about other instances of cheating of textbooks taking anywhere else.