Kerala is most literate and still bungles in textbooks supply

Allegations of deliberate delay in printing of textbooks in the state to benefit private palyers

GN Bureau | June 18, 2015


#kerala   #oommen chandy   #literacy   #textbooks   #loayukta  

Kerala is supposed to be the most literate state with high literacy rates. However, the state government has been found wanting on the issue of textbooks shortage.

The academic year began on June but many schools are yet to receive books as the printing has been delayed. The Kerala Lokayukta on Wednesday began hearing into the allegation that the state government-owned presses had deliberately delayed the printing of school textbooks to favour private contractors.

The Lokayukta was informed that the majority of the students studying state syllabus were yet to receive the textbooks for this academic year. The government was well aware that schools would reopen for next academic year as scheduled on June 1. However, the State-owned presses were yet to deliver on the order.

The Kerala Books and Publication Society is responsible for printing text books at an affordable rate.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has admitted that there were lapses in the printing of textbooks, but these would be rectified. The government would look into the issue. The government has now decided to float a short tender for completing the printing of textbooks,

Chandy said there was only one bidder for executing the job and hence, the Cabinet decided to float a short tender. Tender proceedings would be expedited, and the work would be completed soon.

Surprisingly, the chief minister said he was not aware that government presses had been directed to stop the printing work.

Poisonous vegetables
Meanwhile, Chandy has asked the people of the state to celebrate this year's Onam by harvesting produce grown in their own households as the vegetables supply from neighbouring Tamil Nadu have been found to contain too much pesticide. During Onam various dishes are prepared using different vegetables as it is the harvest festival and is in August.

Kerala’s food safety officials have been doing rounds of nine districts of TN as 80 per cent of vegetables consumed in Kerala come from Tamil Nadu. The officials reported that the TN farmers were using three to five times the permitted amount of pesticides in growing vegetables.

Comments

 

Other News

BJP lawmakers top the list in hate speech cases

Out of all MPs and MLAs in office, 58 have declared cases related to hate speech. This includes union minister for drinking water and sanitation Uma Bharti along with 14 other Lok Sabha MPs. The list also includes 8 state ministers. A party wise analysis reveals that BJP has the highest numb

After its withdrawal from Meghalaya and Arunachal, is it time to review AFSPA in other areas too?

After its withdrawal from Meghalaya and Arunachal, is it time to review AFSPA in other areas too?

Togadia, Sinha and anti-Modi prejudices masked by empty rhetoric

There is an uncanny similarity in the pathological opposition to prime minister Narendra Modi by two members of the right wing, Pravin Togadia and Yashwant Sinha. They come from a diverse social and political background; yet they share a common strand that shows an unmitigated hatred towards

“We are becoming American digital colonies”

Data is the new oil; and it needs to be protected. In an interaction with Governance Now, Lionel Baraban, CEO of Famoco, talks about how the French tech firm is developing secure business devices to safeguard data against going to other countries. What are the major roles o

Goa Shipyard and MTU, Germany to manufacture MTU engines in India

Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and MTU, Germany have agreed to cooperate in the  local manufacturing of technologically-advanced MTU series 8000 engines in India. Under the agreement, which was signed at India’s leading defence trade show Defexpo-18, the companies will manufacture the 16-

ONGC employees bag 13 medals at the Gold Coast CWG

ONGC sportspersons outshone other participants in their respective categories in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. ONGCians bagged 13 medals including 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze, contributing to the 66 medal tally of Team India. ONGCians Ragala Venkat Rah

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter