NEW BOOK SCHEME FOR NEEDY STUDENTS
Government has agreed to a new formula for provision of books to needy students in the secondary sector in replacement of the Book Loan Scheme. According to the current practice, textbooks for needy students are being purchased in bulk by the Ministry and the PSSA. They are being provided to needy students on the basis of a recommended list. These students were required to return the used textbooks after examination results.
Henceforth, each school will be authorized to purchase prescribed textbooks for its own needy students directly from the bookshops and issue the books to students who will retain same for reference purposes.
About 6,700 needy students will benefit from this measure and students this year will not have to return their used books. The new measure will cost Government some Rs 8.5 M annually.