Textbooks printing faces paper crisis

07 November 2020

Staff Reporter :
The printing of textbooks has been stopped by the printing companies due to the paper crisis.
Many printing companies have stopped printing of text books. The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) also did not provide manuscripts of several books to them.
 In this situation, Bangladesh Mudran Shilpa Samity (Printing Industries Association of Bangladesh) has expressed doubts about completing the printing of the book on time. Paper mill authorities say they are unable to deliver the paper as the tender is priced lower than the market price.
The NCTB has decided to print 35 crore books for free distribution this year.  
In previous years, most of the books reach different parts of the country by the first week of November. However, many printing companies that got jobs this year stopped printing. Although many are working, it is going on slowly. This situation is going on due to lack of paper, said the people involved in printing.
The Bangladesh Mudran Shilpa Samity said that although they had earlier agreed with the paper mills, they are not giving the paper now. The paper mill owners are demanding higher prices now. NCTB has not yet given manuscripts of many books.
Meanwhile, the people involved in the paper mills say that it is not possible to give paper at the price fixed.
The NCTB said they have nothing to do with the paper crisis. Standard paper books have to be handed over within the stipulated time.
Meanwhile, this crisis has been created as a few companies have taken work by lowering the price of paper in the tender. Many of them were stopped by the NCTB when they tried to release low quality paper.
To be mentioned that Bangladesh has been celebrating January 1 as 'Textbook Festival Day' from 2010.
The government had distributed around 3,53,144,554 free textbooks to more than 42 million students for academic session 2020. The government has printed these textbooks by maintaining proper standard for pre-primary, primary, secondary, Ebtedayee and SSC level students.
In 2010, the government began distributing free textbooks among students of secondary schools. Free distribution of books among the primary school students began in 1981.

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