Stakeholders should protect local textbook printing

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This week, the Daily Graphic devoted extensive coverage to the concern raised by the Ghana Printers and Paper Converters Association (GPPCA) that some publishers, in collusion with some local printers, are trying to supply the printing of government textbooks to external printers. the country.

We believe the matter should be of serious concern to all well-meaning Ghanaians.

The Daily Graphic is not surprised that some foreign printers are lobbying in the country for the contracts to be printed in their country, as they see it as an opportunity to conquer the Ghanaian market.

We believe that these foreign companies will do everything possible, including offering hefty packages to publishers, to have government textbooks printed outside the country.

We are pleased that the GPPCA is committed to monitoring its members to ensure that none of them send the contract out for printing.

Again, we are pleased that the Ministry of Education has insisted that publishers submit memorandums of understanding with local printers first and has also warned of penalties against any publisher who sneaks out of the country to print the manuals.

Although we have not heard from the publishers’ leadership, we assume that they are also committed to developing our local printing industry and will therefore encourage their members to get involved in this cause.

The Daily Graphic thinks now is the time to walk the talk, which is why we would like to hear the commitment of the department and in particular the minister, who had issued the warning from the start.

We endorse the formation of the working group by the association which will identify all successful publishers and printers who, in turn, should give their printing times to the working group to use as a basis for monitoring the entire project. ‘practice.

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic nearly caused the closure of most print shops. But they are now picking up, and therefore granting local printers the exclusivity to print textbooks locally gives them the lifeline they need.

In addition, the local printing of these books will create jobs for our young people. Therefore, transporting these contracts abroad to print them, and thus giving such potential employment opportunities to another country, can only be described as disastrous.

Even as we wait for the remaining publishers to be given the go-ahead, the need for the department to be proactive is non-negotiable in ensuring contracts are fully executed locally.

The delay in awarding contracts is worrying and this is what gives the impression that there is an attempt to smuggle some of the contracts out.

We hope that the GPPCA will take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity and ensure that its members not only print all required book volumes on time, but also meet international quality standards.

The Daily Graphic applauds this Department of Education policy and calls on all stakeholders to embrace it wholeheartedly and work to achieve the desired results.

We are all watching closely.

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