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EDUCATION MINISTER DISTRIBUTES FREE TEXT BOOKS TO IE & KAMJONG ZEOs

Published on Wed, 08 Jan, 2020 Both


Imphal, January 6, 2020 (DIPR): Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam today distributed free text books to Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) of Imphal East and Kamjong as the first phase of Distribution of Free Text Books under the Samagra Shiksha Manipur. These books for academic session 2020 will be provided to the students of government and government aided schools for Classes I – VIII. Altogether, more than seven lakhs of free text book has been allocated for 17 (seventeen) ZEOs.

Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam lauded the officials of Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) for timely completion of printing the text books. He expressed that it is one of the achievements that this year the text books are being distributed to the ZEOs on time unlike previous years. The Minister was speaking during the Distribution of Text Books for Academic Session 2020 organised by Samagra Shiksha Manipur, held at its office’s Conference Hall, Babupara.

He said that the education department has many issues, problems and faces many complaints as well. The department is trying its best to come up with solutions and solve the problems one by one to make education better. He said that every year hundreds of teachers retire from service on superannuation and as a result many post are vacant. Education department cannot function without adequate teachers.

The Minister stressed that issues faced at the grass root levels can be ascertained by the concerned officials posted at the respective locations. He opined that the officials should identify qualified youths and engaged them as a team to work together for better functioning of the education sector.  He also emphasized on the need to increase the budget of education for brining improvement in the sector.

Director Education (S) Shri Th. Kirankumar said that the timely completion of printing text books was able to achieve under strict guidance of the Education Minister. He explained that in order to achieve the target of availing text book timely, certain rules and regulations followed by BOSEM for buying of paper and issuances of order for printing to the firms were slightly modified. The printing of text book are carried out in different local printing firms.

He said that this year the quantity of order for printing of text -book was decided according to the performance of the printing firms in the previous years. More quantity orders for printing text book were given to the selected printing firms having good records for meeting the dateline, maintaining quality of paper for the texts book printed and the capacity of the printing press. He continued that next year too more order will be given to those firms which maintained quality of printing text book and said that this time the books are in colours embedded with QR Code.

Provision of text books to students free of cost is one of the basic necessities for children to access in school education under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009, popularized as RTE Act 2009, which envisages the importance of imparting free Elementary Education to all students in Government and Government Aided Schools in the country. 

The Minister also flagged off the books to be delivered to the respective zones. The distribution of the text books was attended by MLA Jiribam A/C Shri Ashab Uddin, MLA Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Shri Soibam Subashchandra Singh, Commissioner Education (S) Shri T. Ranjit, Joint Secretary Education (S)/ASPD Samagra Shiksha (Secondary) Manipur Shri L. Nandakumar Singh, Under Secretary Education (S)/ASPD Samagra Shiksha (Elementary) Manipur Shri T. Phulen Meitei, concerned officials and ZEOs. (DIPR)