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Rwanda Saved Rwf6 Billion From Domestic Production of Textbooks

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Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that through producing textbooks within the country, Rwanda has in the past two years saved Rwf6.2 billion on the expenditure it incurred on importing the books abroad.

He also noted that the initiative reduced the time it took to procure them.

Ngirente was on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 informing a joint plenary sitting of Parliament about the Government’s activities in the education sector.

The Government came up with that strategy in 2018 with the aim to address the issues identified in the purchasing, printing and distribution of textbooks that were produced by foreign publishing houses.

Moreover, the Premier said, the Ministry of Education currently has the copyright for the books used in schools and the right to correct mistakes or errors that might be detected in some of the books after distribution,” he said.

In May 2018, the Ministry of Education said that the country had been spending over Rwf6 billion on textbooks and related materials every year.

In collaboration with the Government’s education partners, Ngirente said that in 2019, over one million of Ikinyarwanda textbooks for Primary 1 to Primary 3 were written [and printed locally], adding that they were distributed in schools so that they help children learn the indigenous language.

Parliamentarians commended the efforts made to ensure that the country gets its textbooks printed locally, and saving money.