LETTERS: Supply the textbooks

It was not surprising to know that the textbooks for the new academic session will not be adequately printed and delivered to the remote districts on time this year also. The government-owned Janak Education Material Centre (JEMC) has always failed to print adequate number of text books before the beginning of the new academic session. As a result, the students, especially from the rural and remote areas, suffer a lot. The same problem seems to be repeated this year “Manage adequate textbooks for new academic session, govt told” (THT, January 18, Page 2). This problem has continued to persist for the last several years. Millions of government funds have been invested in the education sector in the name of “education for all”.

According to JMEC, a total of 130,000 textbooks are required for grade VI to IX for the country. It has printed only 80,000 textbooks so far. However, it is interesting to know that the government has given the responsibility of printing textbooks from grade I to V to the private publishers. It should be prepared to give responsibility to more private publishers so that all the textbooks are printed on time and distributed to all the students before the beginning of new session. Otherwise, most of the students in the rural areas would not get their textbooks for almost the entire sessions. Time has come for the government to either upgrade the printing capacity of JMEC or even ask Sajha Prakashan to help it to adequately print the textbooks to ensure that students will not be deprived of their right to education. This is the people’s government and it needs to be accountable and responsible to the people.

Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj

Champion

It was a marvelous performance by the home team Australia as the current world champion in the one-day format of cricket outplayed Pakistan right from the beginning till the end. Australia edged Pakistan in the first ODI by 92 runs. However, it went on to lose the second one by 6 wickets as Pakistan showed true potential in the match. Still the home team decided not to give up and went on to win the three consecutive ODIs. It went on to crush the visiting team by 7 wickets in the third, hammer it by 86 runs in the fourth and then knock it at last by 57 runs in the fifth ODIs, respectively. To be honest, Australia really played as if it was the best team in the history of ODI cricket. The five times champion in the short format of the game never allowed Pakistan to feel that the latter was one of the best teams in the series. Overall, the guest team won the series 4-1 and was impressive right from the beginning. Now time has arrived for the Nepalese national cricket team also to learn how to perform well by playing under any given condition if it wants to excel.

Pratik Shrestha, Baneshwor