The project is supported by a 550 million-dollar grant from the World Bank Group
By Dawit Endashaw |
(Addis Fortune) – The Ministry of Education (MoE) has opened the bid for the printing of 9.5 million books, from the fifth to the eighth grade, prepared in seven languages.
The bids were opened on July 15, 2015, in the presence of respective bidders at the premises of the Ministry.
The books, which include text books and teacher’s guides, have been newly developed in Tigrigna, Amharic, Oromifa, Somali, Sidamigna, Wolaytigna and Hadiya languages. The Ministry requires 5.4 million books for grades five and six and 4.1 million books for grades seven and eight.
Thirty-one companies had bought the bid document but only nine had offered their bids, including six from India and one each from Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Italy.
Nova Publication & Printers Ltd made the lowest offer in both lots with 3.08 million dollars plus 2.6 million Br (3.2 million dollars total) and 2.6 million dollars plus two million Birr (2.7 million dollar total).
Nova, which changed its name from SRU Share Broker Ltd and reestablished in 2005, is an Indian based publishing firm known for publishing academic books, children’s books and others.
With its own distribution network, it has published 2,000 titles since its establishment, according to its website.
The second lowest offer was made by another Indian Company, Burda Druck, which offered 3.5 million dollars plus 616,500 Br (3.54 million dollar total) and 2.9 million dollars plus 616,500 Br (2.99 million dollar), for lots one and two.
Burda Druck had recently made the lowest offer for lot one during a bid for the printing of 30 million textbooks from the fifth to eighth grades. Burda is a company with a presence in European countries such as Germany and France.
The latest tender is intended for delivery by the middle of the coming academic year, said Gebreyessus Gebremichael, director of Procurement & Property Administration at the Ministry.
The evaluation process of this bid is expected to be concluded by the end of July 2015, he added.
According to the bid document, the next step will be preliminary examination of bids, by the purchaser, to confirm all technical documentation; examination of terms and conditions; and make technical evaluations. The last step will be post qualification of the bidders. Finally, lowest evaluated bidder will be awarded.
This is in addition to the planned purchase of 49 million textbooks, of which 13 million have already been awarded in February 2015, while the bid for the remaining 30 million is in process. Delivery of the 13 million books has already started and is expected to be completed by September, for immediate distribution in the new academic year. Contracts for the 30 million are expected to be awarded this week.
By the same token the ministry has also purchased six million books from local companies at 52 million Br. Since 2010, MoE has printed and distributed 80 million textbooks.
The increment made in purchase is due to the fact that there is a decrease in the price of these textbooks, according to an expert at the Ministry.
The project is part of the Ministry’s General Education Quality Improvement Package (GEQIP) which extends from 2014-2018. In this phase, the Ministry was supported by a 550 million-dollar grant from the World Bank Group (WBG).
The books will be distributed to 21 million students in 33,000 schools across the country.
Source: Addis Fortune