Chandigarh: Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal on Tuesday said free books will be given to students studying in Class 9 to 12 in state-run schools. He said at present, the state government is already providing free books, school bags, other stationery and uniforms to the students from class 1 to 8.
The decision to provide free books to the students studying in Class 9 to 12 will involve an expenditure of about Rs 41.47 crore, the minister said in a statement here.
He said the Centre has recommended implementing ''Rashtriya Shiksha Niti-2019'' for extending the scope of free education from Class 8 to 12 and the Haryana government has already decided to adopt it.
NCERT books are being taught in government schools of the state from class 9 to 12, which costs around Rs 650 to Rs 700 per student per class, he said.
He said the total number of students studying in class 9 to 12 is 6,19,256.