Education Ministry: Textbooks will be in schools within two weeks
The Education Ministry has confirmed that textbooks will be in schools within a month, and students will start to receive their books within two or three weeks.
The head of the ministerial committee in charge of providing textbooks, Imran Al-Qib, said on Sunday that all the books prepared by the National Curriculum Center are currently in print, and the books will be delivered with a maximum limit of 30 days.
Al-Qib appeared in a live broadcast on the "Hakomitna" platform, trying to quell confusion over the textbook crisis and to update parents on the latest developments in this regard.
Around 45 local and foreign companies have submitted a bid to print the textbook. The ministerial committee reviewed all the applications, but the prices offered by the printing companies were higher than the price set by the Curriculum Center, Al-Qib said.
He explained that the committee set two conditions before the companies; The first is to deliver the books within a maximum of 30 days, and the second is to accept the penalty clause, which is the non-delivery of financial dues to companies that violate the deadline for delivering the books.
An Italian company submitted the lowest bid, so its offer was adopted as a standard for the deal, which did not satisfy some companies, Al-Qib says, who confirmed that the tender was awarded to 18 companies, including three foreign firms.
The Prime Minister of the National Unity Government had assigned Al-Qib to head a ministerial committee tasked with developing a mechanism for urgently providing and distributing textbooks to all public schools.
In the same context, the Public Prosecution Office confirmed last week that the Minister of Education, Musa Al-Maqrif, was put in custody pending investigations into the failure to print the school books for this academic year and deliver them on time.