Private firm prints school books without permission

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 10, 2015-A private publication house in the Capital was found publishing the textbooks for grade six and seven without consent on Tuesday.

Following a tip, a six-member monitoring team led by Dik Bahadur Rai, deputy director at Department of Education (DoE), raided the Mission Publications Media Private Limited, owned by Gukul Budhathoki, and confiscated thousands of illegally printed textbooks being readied for shipment to public schools across the country.

The government has allowed 21 private publishers to publish 18 million units of textbooks for grade one to five while Janak Sikshya Samagri Kendra has the sole right for publishing the books for grade six to 10.

Sarita Aryal, vice-chairperson of Guardian Association Nepal who was also a part of the monitoring team, said the publication house has breached the legal provision and it should be blacklisted and barred from printing school textbooks in the future.

Aryal added that the DoE team will submit its report to the Central Textbooks Monitoring Committee led by Dilli Rimal, director general at DoE, which will determine the punishment against Mission Publications and its owner.

Published: 11-03-2015 06:20

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