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Free School Textbooks a Loss-Making Project, According to Publishers’ Lawyer

Published: September 9, 2013 | 11:42 am
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How much money has the State spent on printing the free school textbooks? Tamta Ivanishvili, a lawyer representing the publishing companies, is certain that this is a loss-making project which the government will be unable to carry out in the longer term. The Ministry of Education has already distributed free textbooks in public schools. This initiative, which left the publishing companies on the sidelines, has already had a visible negative effect on the product quality, as well as on the State Budget, according to Ms. Ivanishvili. She expects the government to hand the rights to print school textbooks back over to private publishing companies in the near future, as it will be unable to sustain additional costs year after year. The lawyer adds that the publishers will continue to fight the Education Ministry’s initiative.
The publishing companies’ views are not being shared by the Deputy Education Minister Lia Gigauri, who states that it has cost the State GEL 17 million to have the textbooks printed, which is half of what the costs were for the private publishers.

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