Print Edition - 2015-03-08 | Nation
JSSK approaches Sajha for help
Mar 7, 2015-With no possibility in sight to ready textbooks as per its target, Janak Shikshya Samagri Kendra (JSSK) has requested Sajha Publication to print around one million books.
The state-owned publication house approached Sajha after assessing that it cannot print 14.3 million units before the new academic session begins in mid-April. Based on the student enrolment data, the JSSK was asked to publish 18.2 million books. However, it decreased the target to 14.3 million claiming the sales will be just 80 percent of what is given in the government data.
According to the Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Education (MoE), around 8.4 million units of textbooks, including the stock from last year, are ready for the shipment while 1.4 million units are undergoing binding process. The JSSK is yet to print 4.3 million books to meet its target.
As the JSSK can only print only around 3.3 million in next 38 days, it asked Sajha to publish to remaining one million units. “The JSSK has written to the Ministry that due to it asked Sajha for help as it failed to print books on time,” said Surya Gautam, chief at the Department.
According to JSSK chief Anil Jha, Sajha has already started publishing textbooks on their request. The JSSK, however, has not acquired permission from the MoE.
The Ministry has earmarked around Rs 1.62 billion to provide textbooks to around 5.99 million students from grades one to 10 in around 29,000 public schools. The continuous failure of JSSK for timely printing prompted the government to increase the jurisdiction of private publishers. Starting this year, private publishers are allowed to publish textbooks for grades one to five, while the JSSK prints books for grades six to 10. Earlier, the JSSK used to supply books for grades one to nine in the eastern and western regions.
Published: 08-03-2015 08:52