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Insufficient budget to print books next year: MoE

Insufficient budget to print books next year: MoE

Nov 15, 2015 - 19:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Educationinfo-icon (MoE) on Sunday said around 30 million textbooks would be distributed to schoolchildren this winter to overcome the books’ shortage by 80 percent.

The ministry said seven million books were already available and 20 million being printed in India and Vietnam would be imported in one month.

The announcement comes after two million books were sent to 13 provinces for distribution.

Kabir Haqmal, the Education Ministry’s spokesman, told a meeting the two million books had been printed at domestic printing houses at a cost of more than one million US dollars.

He said 30 million books would be distributed unit the end of the current solar yearinfo-icon that could solve 80 percent of books’ shortage problem for 1395 solar year.

School students in all provinces, particularly in remote areas and districts, always complain about a shortage of books and say the books reach them when a half of the academic year is passed or the full year is ended, affecting their studies.

However, Haqmal said the ministry lacked printing facilities and budget to print textbooks next year.

“We cannot print and distribute books for all schools when there is budget shortage for next year,” he added, saying the government in the past 14 years had been unable to provide enough budget to 100 percent resolve the books’ shortage issue.

But he said donor countries and UNICEF had promised to finance the MoE to print 50 million books early next year.

At least 23 million US dollar is needed annually to completely resolve the shortage of textbooks for all students.



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