Students won't get textbooks on time


Himalayan News Service

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Janak Education Material Centre is facing shortage of printing paper, which means hundreds of students will not get free learning material on time. 

About 25 lakh sets of textbooks, mostly from grade 5 to 10, are yet to be printed at a time when the new academic year just a couple of weeks away. 

General Manager of JEMC Ram Chandra Silwal said the centre would try to meet the demand for books. “The JEMC board had decided to purchase paper from Everest Paper Industry a week ago, but due to power crunch the paper was not being produced on time causing the delay.” 

President of Guardians Association of Nepal, Suprabhat Bhandari said the students would suffer. Bhandari said, “Even two months after the academic session started in Karnali Zone and Manang and Mustang districts, students were yet to get textbooks.” 

In these districts, the session begins from mid-February. It is learnt that the sluggish service of Sajha Prakashan is another factor behind inefficient textbook distribution. 

Silwal said printing of class 1 to 4 books had been completed and books of other classes were in the process of being printed. 

Eastern and Western development regions have already delegated the private sector the task of publishing and distributing school textbooks. The government has declared it will provide textbooks for grade nine and ten from the new academic session.

(Source: The Himalayan Times)