JEMC assures of text books supply ahead of new academic year

Published On: March 26, 2023 02:48 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BHAKTAPUR, March 26: The Janak Education Materials Center (JEMC) Ltd has assured that it will supply school textbooks to all districts by mid-April.

According to the Center’s Managing Director Anil Kumar Jha, all districts will receive the text books this time before the new academic session begins. The Center has the responsibility of printing and supplying 15 million school textbooks from grades 6 to 10 this year. So far, 13.5 million copies of textbooks have been printed. 

Talking to RSS, Jha said that 90 percent of the printing has been completed. Last year, the Center was assigned to print 20 million textbooks, but this time the government switched to the private sector to publish the text books for grade four and five, reducing the Center's workload. 

The new academic session this year is beginning from April 14 or Baisakh 1, the very first day of the Nepali New Year 2080 BS.

The printing goes on round-the-clock and the Center plans to complete it by the next few days, it is said. 

Last year, the Center was assigned to print 20 million textbooks, ballot papers and it faced issues due to the lack of timely availability of paper for the printing. 

The Centre's market management chief Chitra Raj Acharya said the supplies of books will take place attaching 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 is expected to take up to six days to supply books to mountainous and some hilly districts and two days to other districts. The Center has already selected its distributors. 

The distribution will also take place from its Central Office Management Department and province offices in all the seven provinces. 


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