Library books worth of 700 million for 3200 schools

bookInternational criterion is that there should be at least 10 reading books for each child studying in a school. Accordingly, The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officials to prepare a special program to increase the number of books used in the school libraries by 50% during the next five years’ time. As one step of that program, a program has been implemented now to provide 700 million rupees to 3200 schools for purchasing library books under the program of “The nearest school is the best school”.

All the books so purchased for school libraries should have obtained the approval from the Advisory Board for Education Publications. Therefore if any publisher or writer publisher expects to provide books to the school libraries, they must make arrangements to submit soon their books for the approval of the Advisory Board for Education Publications. A proper method has been devised now to get the approval and to issue the license without delay and according to the instructions given by the minister the licenses are not required for the books received the state literary awards and the recommended ones for it. Actions have already taken to sensitize the school principals about the criteria to be considered and the instructions to be followed when selecting the books for school libraries using the funds allocated under the project of “The nearest school is the best school”. Steps have also been taken to introduce a method to purchase the books from a book shop nearest to the school.

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