ISLAMABAD: Students of educational institutions under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will appear in their first term exams without having even a glimpse of the English textbook. The directorate announced the first term exam schedule for classes I to V, commencing from this week while the schedule for classes VI to VIII will be announced soon. “We do not have the English book. Our English teacher is only teaching grammar due to the unavailability of the book,” said Fatima, a fifth grader. Oxford English textbooks are required for classes IV, V, VII and VIII, the official said. The publishers are demanding complete payment for the textbooks, while the finance department had not yet released the amount, he said. An advance payment of Rs3.5 million was made before delivery of the textbooks, but the remaining Rs3 million has yet to come, the official said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2012.
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