| Education minister PK Shahi flags off a truck with books for free distribution among students from the Bihar State Text Book Publishing Corporation Limited in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Patna, Dec. 28: Trucks carrying more than 2 crore sets of books for students of elementary schools headed for the office of the block development officers across the districts in Bihar from here today.
State education minister P.K. Shahi today flagged off the trucks loaded with the books that would be distributed among students of Class I to Class VIII after they reach the office of the block development officers.
“The education department this year will not delay in providing books to the students. By March next year, books will be supplied to the students so that they do not face any problem,” Shahi said, before flagging off the trucks from the Bihar State Text Book Publishing Corporation premises here.
More than 2.15 crore sets of books for classes I to VIII were sent today.
The printing press of the corporation would be renovated and would be functional soon. Books would be printed at the office and they would be supplied to the students at the beginning of the academic year, sources said.
Earlier, students used to get the textbooks around November, when half of their academic year was completed.
The main task of the Bihar State Text Book Publishing Corporation is to supply books free of cost to students up to Class VIII, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme.
Apart from the state capital, the corporation also has centres in Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Purnea, where books are also provided to students of classes IX to XII at cheap rates.
New machines would be installed on the corporation premises, as part of a plan to make the offices hi-tech.
P.K. Shahi today said the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) for secondary school would be held in February next year. Around 4.97 lakh candidates would appear in the secondary-level TET.
Moreover, the candidates, whose applications were rejected and were unable to appear in the TET held on December 20 can appear in the examination to be held in February. Around two lakh students are likely to appear in the test. These applicants would take the examination in two categories — one for classes I to V and the other for classes VI to VIII.
The education minister added that the results of TET would be declared in March, which would pave the way for the appointment of about 1 lakh teachers in government schools across the state.