U Aa Khaung, deputy head of the Township Education Department, said in the Chin World Media, that only about 50 per cent of students had got their textbooks across the township and that the need was even worse for high school students.
"We can say that about 70 per cent of primary students have already received textbooks. It was worse last year," he said.
The main reason, according to the deputy head, is because of the fact that the number of students submitted to the central department was based on last year's statistics, not on the list of students admitted to schools in 2016.
"For instance, we have a new middle school with new 8th Standard students but the list submitted did not include them. So, parents had to buy used textbooks for them," he said.
He mentioned that the cost of travelling to Mindat town where the District Education Department in Mindat town where textbooks for township-level schools were kept and of transporting them to Paletwa was high and that it was difficult as they had to spend from their own pocket.
In response to a question raised by Salai Myo Hteik, Chin MP from Paletwa Township, Dr Myo Thein, Union minister of Education, said that 49 schools had been upgraded and 315 day-paid teachers had been recruited for the 2016-17 academic year.
According to the government's 2015 statistics, there were 298 schools in total, comprising seven high schools, 3 high school branches, 3 middle schools, 37 middle school branches, 23 post-primary schools, 151 primary schools and 74 primary school branches in Paletwa township. #