The government has contracted local printing firms in the country to print the new curriculum textbooks to be used by pupils in Kindergarten to primary 6, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum disclosed last Friday.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Graphic newspaper, he said any publisher without an agreement with a local printer will not be considered adding that pre-qualified ones have been asked to present signed agreements with local printers.
The Education Minister explaining the government’s decision to engage local printing companies this time said the move is to encourage and empower the local printing business.
“We have taken this position because there are local printers with the capacity who are competitive,” he told the newspaper, adding that some local printers could easily match the offers the Indians and the Chinese are offering to publishers.
According to him, the Government of Ghana (GoG) is aware of the capacity of local printers and is, therefore, determined that they get the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities.
Asked when the printing would start, Aduwum explained that it was a process, adding that the first step had already been taken, which was the pre-qualification, and the next thing was for the textbook publishers to submit quotations.
The teaching Minister gave an assurance that structures would be put in place to monitor publishers to ensure that no publisher nor printer took the contract outside the country.