BAJAUR AGENCY - Showing concern over the slow process of distribution of free textbooks to students, the political administration of Bajaur Agency directed the officials of local Education Department to step up efforts for early provision of books to the students of state-run educational institutions in the region.

The directive was given by Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah during a meeting with the senior officials of Education Department here on Monday.

Several issues besides situation of the government-run educational institutions, performance of teaching staff and progress regarding distribution of free textbooks to students were discussed in the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the political agent showed resentment over delay in delivery of free textbooks to schools. He said that students and their parents have been complaining since long about unavailability of free textbooks in the agency's schools but the Education Department did nothing to resolve the issue.

"Unavailability of free textbooks to children despite passage of several weeks of their new academic session is a matter of serious concern for the administration because it is wasting precious time of students," he added.

He asked the officials to step up their efforts to ensure speedy availability of free textbooks to students of the agency.

The officials of Education Department informed the participants about the distribution process of textbooks to schools. They told that supply of textbooks from Peshawar was in progress and most of books had recently been reached to the agency.  They said that distribution of free textbooks had been started in most parts of the agency, which would be completed within a week.  "We know about the situation and taking all possible means to ensure provision of free textbooks but late supply from Peshawar has badly affected our plan of action," they added.