Chandigarh, January 21, 2020: Haryana Education Minister Mr. Kanwar Pal said that the State Government has decided to give free books to the students studying in Class IX and XII in the government schools in the State. He said that at present, the State Government is already providing free of cost books, school bags, other stationery and uniforms to the students from class I to VIII. The decision to provide free books to the students studying in Class IX and XII in the government schools will involve an expenditure of about Rs 41.47 crore.
The Education Minister said that the Center has recommended implementing 'Rashtriya Shiksha Niti-2019' for extending the scope of free education from class VIII to XII standard. He said that the Haryana Government has already decided to adopt ‘Rashtriya Shiksha Niti-2019' in the State.
He said that NCERT books are being taught in government schools of the state from class IX to XII, which costs around Rs 650 to Rs 700 per student per class. He said that the number of students from class IX to XII is 6, 19,256 and the total expenditure of books is around Rs 41.47 crores.
Mr. Kanwar Pal said that the books for these four classes will be given to the students through libraries or book-banks. He added that the passed-out students who get promoted to the next class will have to deposit the books of the previous class in the library or book-banks in order to keep the books for the next class. He said that the decision of the Haryana Government will not only reduce the financial burden on the parents of the students but will also help in conservation of environment as it will also reduce the cutting of trees.
Education Minister further informed that the Nuh district has already been declared as a regional-district by the Central Government, under which Rs. 2 crore has already been provided for the provision of free books to prevent the drop-out of children. The amount has been released.
He said that under the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' program, many works are being done by the State Government to promote girl education. Transport facility, separate toilets have been provided in the schools to the girls in their educational institutions and programs are being run to enhance their leadership capabilities.