Tue, Sep

16 million textbooks to be printed: Balkhi


The Ministry of Education on Tuesday signed a contract of printing 16 million textbooks with three foreign companies in the next four months.

Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi said in a ceremony the books were for primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

The procurement process for the 16 million books, he added, had been completed before his appointment and only signing of the contracts were remaining.

One of the contracting companies is from Vietnam while the two others are from India.

The books would be printed with financial assistance of Denmark at a cost of $5.5 millions, Balkhi noted, adding Denmark had helped education ministry with infrastructure and capacity building.

He said three million more books--- funded by the World Bank (WB)--- were currently being printed in India.

Uffe Wolffhechel, Danish Ambassador to Kabul, said his country was providing $80 million in assistance to Afghanistan.

He added in the last decade his country has tried to channel their assistance directly to the education ministry.

Earlier, the education ministry signed contract of 2.2 million books with 11 domestic printing presses that would take around 20 months.