In a major setback for the education sector, private printing companies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have stopped production of school textbooks.
The companies, which were commissioned by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa School Books Board (KPTB), took this drastic step due to the reluctance of the provincial government to release funds.
This development has raised concerns about a possible delay in providing books to students as the new academic year approaches.
In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that the provincial government has failed to provide KPTB with a single penny of the projected cost of Rs. 10 billion to print 60 million textbooks for the academic year 2023-24.
This academic year is set to start on April 1, leaving little time for the government to release funds and for textbooks to be printed and distributed on time.
KPTB has said it is issuing reminders to the finance department every week to release the funds immediately. This is to ensure timely printing and distribution of books and avoid any loss in student learning.
The lack of government funding has jeopardized the production and distribution of textbooks and KPTB urges the government to take immediate action to prevent any delay in providing textbooks to students.