Tripura covid-19 updates: State govt to provide textbooks to 73 pvt Bengali medium schools

Tripura covid-19 updates: State govt to provide textbooks to 73 pvt Bengali medium schools
Tripura Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath. (File Photo)

AGARTALA | MAY 15, 2020:

The Tripura government decided to take the initiative to distribute free textbooks to 14000 students enrolled in nearly 73 private Bengali medium schools (Class I to VIII) in the state, for which an estimated expenditure of Rs. 60 lakhs would be required, informed Education Minister Ratanlal Nath in his twitter handle.

While addressing a press conference at Civil Secretariat on Thursday late evening, he informed that the decision was taken by the education department to help the students studying in 73 Bengali-medium schools facing problem due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He also added that due to the lockdown situation, this year the state government have decided to distribute those books free of cost for the students studying in these private Bengali medium schools which otherwise were purchased by the students. These books are translated versions of the NCERT textbooks.

The schools that have already purchased the books, would be paid back through State Council of Educational Research and Training ( SCERT), he added.

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Nath stated that the state government and its aided schools have demand of 25,37,107 textbooks from Class I to Class VIII. But the state placed order for 26, 25,865 books this year explaining that those were kept for those who don't find the books available.

Till now, the government received 25,39,715 books. Of these, the government distributed 24,99623 books through school inspectors' offices.

There are 4,398 government and its aided schools and 335 private schools in the state.

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