A shortage of school textbooks alleged

The Ceylon Teachers Union alleges a prevailing severe shortage of school textbooks.

According to its secretary Joseph Stalin, only 28,210,600 of the required 41,189,027 textbooks have been printed this year so far.

This has adversely affected both students and teachers.

In a statement, Stalin questions the printing of textbooks below the required amount even as the budget has allotted Rs. 4,385 million for the purpose.

The second term of schools is underway and the Educational Publications Department called for tenders in January this year for a second time, he says.

Stalin alleges that this is an attempt to curtail the school textbooks in order to sell them to the children.