PSEB has now put several books online for download as it failed to provide the books in person to the students of the govt. schools across the state.
The move has raised a new question as teachers said that most of the students come from poor background and have no access to the computers so, how these students are supposed to download the books from internet.
Nearly 30 of the students are waiting for the books in the government schools and majority of them only received the books few weeks earlier.
“Most children in our government schools come from the poor background and for many the main attraction is midday meal because their families cannot even feed them two meal a day. In such a condition, how do board officials think that ‘onlineʼ books can benefit these poor students,” said a school teacher from a government high school in Jalandhar.
The teacher further added "I myself got one such book printed just to teach the students which cost me around Rs 200 and how we can we expect that these students can afford to get the print out of these."
“There are 350 different schools books and to download every book and distribute them to every student is not possible. Moreover children do not take any interest in photocopied books,” said an English teacher.
In some schools half yearly exams are already on the head and students in these schools are without any books.
“How we can improve the results of the students when they do not have books for half of the year,” said another teacher.
Despite making several attempts to get in touch with the Punjab Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary, she did not pick her phone.