It is that time of year when students in secondary schools should be walking into classes with new textbooks in hand. Unfortunately, as much as fifty percent of them simply cannot do that because the number of books printed so far is far short of the requirement. In other words, it is the same old problem, which comes up on an annual basis, but it has come about in a much aggravated form this year. The authorities are now saying that those students who do not have textbooks need to wait for two or three months. I would like to request to the ministry, NCTB and the printers to put their heads together to rework the schedule for additional printing, and deliver the textbook on an urgent basis.