Odisha Government Assures Free Textbooks In State-Run Schools

The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed over 200 lives in the country. To contain the spread of the virus, the Odisha government had earlier announced an extension of the ongoing lockdown till April 30. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also directed schools and other educational institutions to remain shut till June 17.

As schools begin an early summer break, the state government has decided to send free textbooks to students, once the lockdown is lifted. The task of sending these books to their homes will be taken up by the School & Mass Education Department of Odisha.

The government officials are communicating with the teacher’s associations of all the primary schools to make the textbooks available for the students. As per a government source, plenty of free textbooks have reached numerous blocks, NACs and municipal corporations across the state. This includes 425 different centres in 30 districts.

The distribution of textbooks was first initiated on November 22 for the 2020-21 academic session. Out of a total of 2,54,29,063 textbooks, about 2,49,54,127 are to be allocated to the students at various government schools. The remaining 60,06,689 textbooks will be made available for sale at various book stores.

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