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After 28 years:

Textbooks to Jaffna via A9

One million sent:

The Education Ministry yesterday sent one million school textbooks worth Rs. 108 million to Jaffna via A9 after 28 years.

As a result of the Government’s humanitarian mission, the A9 road can now be used for textbooks transportation to the North and East. Accordingly, another stock of 200,000 textbooks for 2010 will be sent to Jaffna using the A9 road.

Earlier, the Education Ministry had to get assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy for transporting textbooks to Jaffna incurring great expenditure. “Naval transportation took much time. It took more than one month to transport the books. As a result of the peaceful situation in the country, the ground route can now be used for textbooks transportation,” the Education Minister Susil Premajayanth said.

The Minister further pointed out that this is a significant event as this is the first time that textbooks were being transported by road after 28 years. The Government spends Rs. 3,000 million on printing and transportation of school textbooks for 2010.

The Education Publications Department is engaged in printing and distributing school textbooks. The Education Publication Department has already distributed 12 million textbooks throughout the country.

“The Department has planned to complete the distribution process by December 7, especially before the last day of the third school term when the textbooks will have to be handed over to school children,” the Educations Publications Commissioner W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara said.

These textbooks will be handed over initially to the Education authorities in Jaffna today and they will make arrangements for a smooth distribution process among schools in Jaffna in time.

 

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