Distribution of Free Text Books to Students

Executive Summary

Government of Sindh, since 2003, has taken a major initiative of distribution of free textbooks to the students of primary classes in all government schools. From 2005-6 this incentive has been vertically expended till class X and an amount of Rs. 609 Million was earmarked for this purpose in the budget for 2005-06 which is being repeated in financial year 2006-07. Enrolment figures for the last few years have shown a positive correlation in the wake of this incentive. It is essential to point out here that due to positive impact of the program the Govt. of Sindh has announced distribution of free textbooks to the students for class XI-XII this year (2010-11).

Reform Support Unit has been working with the Text Books Board since year 2006 in facilitating the delivery of these books. A comprehensive system of monitoring has been devised using the reporting proformas as well as physical presence of RSU teams along with district government official to ensure the safe handing over of these books to the head master of each school. In order to provide incentive and cover transportation cost, an amount has been allocated for headmasters as well as Assistant District Officer (Education) of respective Talukas.

Mission Statement

  • To increase the enrolment and over come drop out ratio of school going children.
  • To attract the poor parents especially of rural areas to send their children to school.
  • To reduce the education cost.
  • To enhance literacy rate.

Action Plan (Academic Year 2013-14)

Placing order for printing of free textbooks for classes’ 1-10 Academic year 2013-14 Status: order placed with STBB according to ASC (10-11)
Printing of Taluka Dispatch Forms. Status: to be commenced on dated January 30, 2013
Seminar on Data reconciliation. Status: to be commenced on dated February 15, 2013
Printing of School Dispatch Forms, STBB Note & STBB Note Status: to be commenced on dated January 30, 2013
Customize Printing of Taluka Dispatch Forms. Status: to be commenced on dated January 30, 2013
Procurement of TPV on textbooks validation. Status: to be commenced on dated February 15, 2013
Plan for distribution of textbooks to all districts. Status: to be commenced on dated Feb 5, 2013
Monitoring of Free Textbooks Distribution for Primary to Secondary. Status: to be commenced on dated Feb 6 to Mar 14, 2013
Monitoring of textbooks delivery at district level. Status: to be commenced on dated March 6 to April 29, 2013
Receiving of Taluka dispatch forms & entry. Status: to be commenced on dated April 25 to July 30, 2013
Seminar on How to fill Taluka Dispatch forms Status: to be commenced on dated May 2 to May 27, 2013
Placing order for printing of free textbooks for classes’ XI-XII Academic year 2013-14. Status: to be commenced on dated April 1 to July 20, 2013
Seminar on TDF Data reconciliation Status:to be commenced on dated June 1, 2013
Distribution of textbooks to Intermediate Colleges-Classes-XI-XII. Status: to be commenced on dated July 20, 2013

Sets of Books Ordered for Printing and Distributed Year Wise

Classes 2006-7 2007-8 2008-9 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Primary 3,060,825 3,703,380 3,703,380 3,949,194 3,935,508 3,652,194 3,485,967
Middle 446,006 679,339 679,339 674,415 645,974 700,865 677,256
Secondary 187,476 251,626 351,626 365,112 341,946 371,805 326,221
H.S.S/Colleges 0 0 0 0 388,761 518,768 117,438
Total 3,292,307 4,634,345 4,734,315 4,988,721 5,312,189 5,243,632 4,606,882