RAWALPINDI:16 April: A typical hustle and bustle of students and parents is being witnessed at main business centres of the city, like Urdu Bazaar, College Road, Commercial Market and Sadar, to buy new books, notebooks and schoolbags with the advent of the new educational year. Parents are facing great hardship in fulfilling the requirements of their children, who have to go in new classes, as there is a sharp increase in prices of schoolbooks and notebooks of private educational institutions. Moreover, the unavailability of syllabus books in markets adds to the problems of parents. They also complained that booksellers were reaping huge profits by selling notebooks and textbooks at almost double prices. Muhammad Saeed, a government employee who is the father of a Class 8 student, said that booksellers were charging almost double prices for notebooks and registers. “They have pasted new price labels on their own,” he said, adding that some textbooks were short in the market. Another buyer at a market, Muhammad Usman, said that he came to buy new textbooks and notebooks for his children, but their prices had increased sharply. “It has become difficult for the poor to give good education to their children,” he said, adding that he purchased textbooks and notebooks of Class 6 for Rs 2,100. Sheikh Ehsan, a bookseller at Urdu Bazaar, said that they were purchasing textbooks and notebooks at high rates. “We cannot bear losses. We are selling books and notebooks keeping in mind our profit margin, as we have to feed our families too,” he added. app.