KOCHI: In a first in recent history, textbooks, and not hollow promises, will reach government schools in time. With the distribution by Kerala Books and Publications Society (KBPS) set to begin from Monday, the students are slated to get the books latest by March. That is, two months prior to the start of the next academic year in June. The KBPS, which is tasked with the printing of textbooks for classes I to X, had in the past faced public trial for protracted delays in printing and distribution of textbooks. “From Monday, the Volume I textbooks for classes VIII , IX and X will be send from the hubs in each districts to over 3,330 societies across the state.
The school authorities will receive the books from their respective societies after submitting the requirements stipulated in the intent order. This is for the first time we are initiating the distribution in February,” said K R Sudhakaran, KBPS production manager. To meet the deadline, the KBPS has categorised the distribution into three phases. “In the first phase, the books for classes VIII, IX and X will be distributed to the societies as their classes will begin in mid- April.
And in the second phase- set to begin by next weekthe rest of the books will be send to the remaining districts,” said Jojy Isac, KBPS sales officer. Tomin J Thachankary, KBPS managing director, said as the intent order from the Education Department was received in a CD, it needs to be converted into our software. That will take another two days. After that, the distribution will go full throttle, he said.