March 27: The Janak Education Materials Centre (JEMC) Ltd has assured that it will supply school text books to all districts by mid-April. According to Centre’s Managing Director Anil Kumar Jha, all districts will receive the text books this time before a new academic session begins.
The Centre has the responsibility of printing and supplying 15 million school textbooks from grade 6 to ten this year. So far, the printing of 13.5 million copies of textbooks has completed.
Managing Director Jha said printing of 90 percent text books has been completed by now. Last year, the Centre was assigned to print 20 million text books, but this time the government switched to the private sector to publish the text books for grades four and five, reducing the Centre's load.
The new academic session this year is beginning from coming April 14 ( Baisakha 1) the very first day of the Nepali New Year 2080 BS. The printing of the text books has been going on round-the-clock and the Centre plans to complete it by the next few days, JEMC said.
Last year, the Centre was assigned to print 20 million text books, ballot papers and it faced issues due to lack of timely availability of papers for text book printing.
Centre's market management chief Chitra Raj Acharya said the books will be supplied according priority to the rural districts and districts which are far from the Kathmandu Valley in the first phase. The distribution of books will begin from April 3 and will take two to six days for transporting them to all the districts.
It would take up to six days to supply books to mountainous and some hilly districts and two days to other districts.
The Centre has already selected its distributors. The distribution of the text books will take place from JEMC’s Central Office Management Department and its province offices in all the seven provinces. (RSS)