Parents and teachers urged to support the monitoring
Kathmandu, February 15
Ministry of Education today appealed to all concerned, including the Members of Parliament, to support the government in monitoring the availability of textbooks across the country.
Issuing a public appeal today, MoE said Nepal Government had earlier decided to provide free textbooks to the students of community schools up to grade X and arranged the same before the beginning of new academic session.
“MoE has sent a letter to the Parliament requesting all MPs to monitor the distribution of free textbooks in the districts,” reads the appeal issued here today by MoE, adding, “MoE urges all concerned, including teachers, parents, non-governmental organisations, Civil Society, Educationists, right activists, politicians and others to support the government in monitoring textbooks distribution.”
The academic session begins from February 13 in Jumla, Dolpa, Humla, some parts of Mugu and Manang, and Mustang. Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, the academic session begins from mid-April.
The minister level decision on October 1, 2015 had decided to make arrangements for the printing and distribution of textbooks before the beginning of the academic session.
Likewise, Department of Education has approved the budget to be provided to individual schools for the free distribution of textbooks to students.
For the management of textbook distribution and monitoring, Textbook Distribution Management Monitoring Central Committee, under the coordination of Director General, has been formed in the central level at DoE.
Similarly, regional level committees under the coordination of Regional Education Directorate and district level committees under the coordination of District Education Officers have been directed to remain alert and do the needful to ensure timely distribution.
Similarly, a school-level monitoring committee under the coordination of chairperson of Teachers Parent Association has been formed to check the availability of school textbooks and its distribution to the students.
Principals found misusing the fund will be punished.
A version of this article appears in print on February 16, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.