Allow pvt firms to print textbooks: NMUM

Kathmandu, February 7

Nepal Mudran Udhyog Mahasangh has urged the government to allow private printing firms to print school textbooks of higher grades.

They said private printing firms should also be allowed to print school textbooks of higher grades as the government-owned Janak Education Materials Center had failed to print and distribute them to students on time.

Speaking at a programme organised here today in the capital, NMUM said they wanted the government to allow them to print school textbooks till Grade VIIl.

Currently, the government has permitted them to print textbooks only from Grade I to V, while the JEMC prints textbooks from Grade VI to X.

Similarly, Sajha Prakashan has been assigned to distribute textbooks printed by the JEMC.

Madhav KC, president, NMUM, said if the government did not allow private printing firms to print school textbooks of higher grades, students in many parts of the country would be deprived of textbooks in the new academic session as well.

“The government has been criticised for failing to deliver textbooks to students on time. Thus, private printing firms should also be allowed to print textbooks for higher grades to avoid this criticism,” said KC.

He claimed that the JEMC would not be able to print and distribute all textbooks to students across the country on time.

According to Anil Jha, general manager, JEMC, printing of textbooks would be completed by the last week of March. “We have a target of printing 17.7 million units of textbooks from Grade VI to X and till date we have already printed around 8 million units,” he said.

He said that private printing firms compromised on the quality of textbooks. “So, they should not be permitted to print textbooks of higher grades,”he said.