The Punjab Textbook Board has announced its inability to provide free textbooks to 2.5 million students in the upcoming academic year. This decision stems from the Punjab government’s failure to settle the board’s exceptional dues of Rs. 10 billion. This unfortunate development is likely to significantly impact the education of these children.
Usually, students in government schools in Punjab have received approving textbooks valued at Rs. 3,000 per a student each year. This project has been a key support for families that are unable to tolerate the financial burden of their children’s education.
The discontinuation of free textbooks places the educational prospects of two and half million children attending government schools at risk for the approaching academic year. As well as, it places additional pressure on parents who are already grappling with the increasing cost of living in the country.