Textbook printing

  • Private publishers to get more share
- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu
Textbook printing

May 13, 2014-

The Central Textbooks Management and Monitoring Committee has decided to recommend the government to open doors for all private publishers to print and distribute textbooks for public schools.

The Monday’s meeting of the Committee chaired by Lava Deo Awasthi, director general at Department of Education, reached the decision that contracting out the printing and distribution works to private publishers would ensure timely distribution of textbooks.  

Rakesh Shrestha, deputy director at DoE, said if the decision is endorsed by the Ministry of Education, private publishers will be be allowed to supply the books of grade one to eight across the country. The right for the publication of the textbooks for grade nine and ten, however, will solely lie on JSSK. Shrestha added the decision will be applicable for the current academic session only.  

Private publishers are only allowed to publish the textbooks for grade one to eight for Eastern and Western Regions, and that of grade one to five for Far Western Region.

A month has passed since the beginning of a new academic session, but the JSSK which was tasked to publish and deliver 22.5 million books by mid-April has hardly readied 17 million so far. “If the right is delegated to the private publishers, all students will have their textbooks by the end of May,” said Suprabhat Bhandari, a Committee member.

The DoE estimated that 38.45 million units of textbooks need to be printed to cater to about 6 million students from over 29,000 public schools. Ever since the government started free textbook distribution for public schools six years ago, it has consistently failed to deliver the textbooks on time.

Published: 14-05-2014 08:36

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