Print Edition - 2014-11-01 | Nation
21 pvt publishers get permission
- textbook printing
Oct 31, 2014-The government has authorised 21 private publication houses to publish primary level textbooks for public schools across the country. Out of 25 private applicants, the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC), a government body to design curriculum in the country, allowed 21 publishers after the evaluation of their infrastructure and past performance.
Starting in 2009, the government has been allowing private publication houses to publish textbooks for public schools after Janak Sikshya Samagri Kendra (JSSK) failed to meet its target on time.
According to Uday Narshing Shrestha, chairman of the Federation of Textbook Publishers’ Association, all the private publishers on Thursday received the approved print ready copies of textbooks from the CDC. Of the total publications, 11 are from the Valley, five from the Eastern region, three from Mid-Western and two from Far-Western region. The High-level Textbook Monitoring Committee in August decided to broaden the jurisdiction of private publishers allowing them to print all the textbooks needed for grade one to five restricting JSSK to print books for grades six to 10.
Earlier, the state-owned educational material centre had been tasked with the publication of all textbooks for the Central, Mid-Western and Far-Western regions, including textbooks for grades nine and 10 for the remaining regions, while private publishers printed textbooks for grades one to eight for the Eastern and Western regions. “We are planning to start printing from next week,” Shrestha said. “The printing will be completed in two months.” Sherstha said they will dispatch textbooks across the country before the starting of the new academic year. The academic session in seven Himalayan districts starts on February 13 next year and in the remaining districts on April 15.
The Department of Education has allocated Rs 1.86 billion to fund free distribution of textbooks to around 5.99 million school level students. Of the total 40 million units needed for the next fiscal year, half will be published by the private publishers.
Published: 01-11-2014 09:10