Islamabad, April 18, 2016 (PPI-OT):Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CA and DD), Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has taken serious notice of the non-provision of text books to the students of the schools under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). He called a meeting with officials of FDE and National Books Foundation (NBF) in the Ministry on Monday morning to address this issue on urgent basis. Secretary CA and DD, Hassan Iqbal, DG FDE and MD NBF were also present in the meeting.
Minister of State expressed his serious concerns over the short supply of text books to the students and directed MD National Books Foundation (NBF) to ensure the provision of the books to each and every student of the government schools of Federal areas on urgent basis. It was also decided in the meeting that the process will be monitored on daily basis and reports would be submitted to the Minister of State. A review meeting to analyze the progress will be held in the next week.
Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry further directed the DG FDE that from next year, it advanced payment must be ensured to National Books Foundation at the time of MOU signing so that books can be timely provided to the students on the day of the announcement of results before the commencement of new academic session.
Director General, Federal Directorate of Education briefed the Minister of State that almost 60% books had already been delivered to FDE by NBF and these books were being distributed among the student through relevant school heads. “These books are distributed through nine distribution centres, five in urban and four in rural areas of the Capital” DG FDE continued. She further briefed the Minister that this year situation was much better than the previous years where process for distribution of books used to be completed in June/July.
MD National Books Foundation briefed the Minister of State that NBF has to get books published through private publisher which causes delays. He further said that delay in the selection of books at the part of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education is also a major cause for the late provisions of the books to the students, Minister of State has directed the MD National Books Foundation to ensure the provision of all books as demanded by the Federal Directorate of Education by April 30, 2016 positively.
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