Sajha to Help JEMC print school textbooks

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Feb 18, 2017-

Minister for Education Dhaniram Poudel said on Friday that preparations were being made to give the responsibility of printing schools textbooks, which the Janak Education Materials Centre (JEMC) has not been able to print, to Sajha Prakashan.

While addressing an interaction organised by the Federation of Nepal Books and Stationery Business (FNBSB) in Kathmandu, Minister Poudel said Sajha Prakashan will be the priority for printing textbooks. 

The private publishers will be asked to print those textbooks which Sajha Prakashan fails to manage to print, he added. 

He also talked about taking a policy decision to manage distribution of textbooks. 

“The government is serious about the issue of students not getting textbooks on time,” he said. “A master plan will be drawn up and implemented for adjusting textbook prices and printing textbooks at the regional level.”

The JEMC, which is tasked with printing grades 6-10 textbooks for the next academic session, so far has printed only 60 percent of the required textbooks. 

The private sector has been assigned the responsibility of printing and distributing textbooks of grades 1-5. The new school year starts from April 15. 

During the programme, FNBSB Chairman Hari Aryal handed over a memorandum to the Minister Poudel, calling for among other things reimbursing the cost of transporting and distributing textbooks last year. The federation is yet to receive the amount from the JEMC, according to the memo. 

Published: 18-02-2017 08:11

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