To save the production cost, the government decided to push public school programs into China. The decision was made to break the monopoly of local paper mills that would increase paper prices annually.
Now Public School Books are Printed in China
According to a local Urdu newspaper, the Punjab curriculum and the Textbook Board (PCTB) spend Rs. 3.5 billion a year in publishing curriculum books for public and private schools. Paper mills, however, increased the price of paper each year at the beginning of the new session.
This time, the pajab government led by PTI decided not to be murdered by these mafia and to do the work from China.
According to officials, the publication rate with 80 grams of paper from China costs 100 percent less than local publications demand for 68 grams of paper.
One official said on condition of anonymity that government had already received Urdu Qaeda sample books from Grade 3 and that the fees they received were incredibly low.
According to him, the local publishers charged Rs. 89 for the same book and used paper of 68 grams. While the sample published in China used 80 grams of paper and the cost was reduced to Rs. 44 – 100 percent less.
The MD PCTB, Abdul Qayyum, said it was a pilot project and as soon as it was completed it could also be extended to the other books in the course.
“It’s a profitable and better quality publication, and we need to take advantage of it.”