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* Arrangements made to provide text books on time for next school term
Mon, Jan 23, 2023, 04:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 23, Colombo: the Cabinet has approved the procurement activities related to providing free textbooks to school students for the new school term of the year 2023, and to give 45% of those textbooks to the State Printing Corporation and 55% to private printing companies for printing.

Accordingly, 22 qualified private printing companies have been given printing orders and signed contracts.

The State Printing Corporation has also received the first stock of paper procured under Indian loan assistance and textbook printing is underway.

The Minister of Education has intervened and obtained the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to give the advance amount of 20% of the contracted amount to the private printing houses.

The Department of Education Publications has taken steps to provide about 50% of this advance amount to the printing presses requested by the provision of the year 2022.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has already received the printed textbooks from several private printing presses and more printed textbooks are being received in the Ministry of Education's warehouse.

The money for the rest of the advance was requested from the Treasury and after the discussion with the intervention of the Minister of Education, the Treasury has agreed to give a part of it.

Accordingly, in the coming week, money will be provided for the bills of the printing presses that have currently submitted their invoices, and for the part that is left to be paid for the printing presses from the advance money.

The Ministry of Education is working to take all measures related to considering the provision of textbooks to school students as a priority task.


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