Students likely to face book crunch


Himalayan News Service

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KATHMANDU: Public school students are sure to face textbook shortage in the upcoming academic session if current pace of the Janak Education Material Centre is anything to go by.

JEMC is yet to print 8.7 million copies of textbooks though the new academic session will begin in the first week of May.

The centre can print one lakh copies of textbooks per day if it runs 24 hours a day. JEMC Spokesperson Manohar Lamichhane said they would step up the production.

JEMC is the sole publisher of school textbooks for three development regions, namely the central, mid-western and far-western regions. Lack of timely printing by the centre and delayed distribution by Sajha Prakashan has hit schools for the past five years.

JEMC provides textbooks to Sajha Prakashan in piecemeal as agreement was that due amount should not exceed Rs 70 million.

Every year, students have faced shortage of textbooks of certain subjects, not of the entire set.

Spokesperson Lamichhane said they produce and supply textbooks separately. “We are printing 19.7 million pieces of books,” he said but refused to answer about sets.

On the delay in supply of textbooks in sets, Lamichhane tried to come clean and passed the buck to circulation staff. “Circulation staffers may have sent the sets of texbooks to the eastern region instead of the west,” he said. “We are trying to send the books in sets.”

(Source: The Himalayantimes)