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Contract to print 2.2m school textbooks signed

Contract to print 2.2m school textbooks signed

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Jun 29, 2015 - 18:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Educationinfo-icon Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi on Monday signed a contract with domestic printing houses for printing 2.2 million schoolbooks in the next 20 days.

Balkhi, while signing the contract in Kabul, said textbooks for primary, middle and high school would be printed in order to overcome the books shortage with the ministry.

“We need 42 million textbooks for schools this year, of which seven million have been contracted to local printing companies so far given the available financial resources,” Balkhi said.

He estimated the printing costs at $1.6 million to be paid by the United States Agency for International Development, Denmark and UNICEF.

The minister said the contract with domestic companies would help encourage local investors and promote Afghan printing houses.

Seven companies were involved in printing the books over the next 20 days, Balkhi said.

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