Ministry Of Education Selects Eight Printing Firms To Print Textbooks Locally
The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has revealed that eight local printing and publishing firms have been selected to print all textbooks and exercise books to be used in schools across the country.
Speaking to journalists, the minister stated that they were impressed with the capacity of printers being used by the local firms after a thorough inspection exercise was carried out, and said, the quality of the printers can be compared to what is being used in developed countries.
He noted that, the eight firms were selected after their experts have carried out a shortlisting exercise and stressed that all texbooks and exercise books will be printed by these firms.
“I emphasize all, 100 per cent, we are not going back to the era where you print just 13 per cent or 9 per cent locally and the rest is printed outside,” he emphasized.
The move is part of a policy by the government to end the current situation where majority of textbooks and exercise books needed by schools are printed by foreign firms.
The Ghana Printers and Paper Converters Association (GPPCA) has welcomed the move saying it will provide about 1000 jobs in the industry.