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Textbooks for all: PPP – The first step on a long journey. Evaluation of the Pilot Project for Publishing in Tanzania
xvi, 56, 19 p.
"For a long period, Sida has been the main donor for textbook production and distribution in Tanzania. After several years of stagnation in the sector (despite generous support), the shortage of textbooks in schools had become alarming, and the Government of Tanzania (GoT) and Sida agreed upon a new start. The New Textbook Policy (of 1991) abolished the state monopoly in textbook production, and a new curriculum for primary school was ready to be launched. Accordingly, there was a need for new textbooks in all subjects. In addition, the former single-textbook system was to be replaced by a multitextbook system, with free choice of textbooks in school (in accordance with the New Textbook Policy). The Pilot Project for Publishing (PPP), 1993-2000, was started as an instrument for implementing the new policy and helping to strengthen the textbook sub-sector. The main aim was to smooth the transition from monopoly to market system in the textbook sector. Thus, the task of the PPP was to transfer responsibility for textbook publishing and distribution step-by-step to local commercial publishers and booksellers. The overall objective of the project was to find new ways to improve the quality of education. The private actors that were introduced into and involved in the project were intended to achieve supply of cheap and good quality textbooks. The purpose of this evaluation is to show whether and, if so, how the quality, availability and cost of school textbooks have been improved by the PPP." (executive summary, p. vii)
"A study commissioned by the Education Division of the Swedish donor organization Sida to evaluate a pilot project for publishing (PPP) in Tanzania that run from 1993-2000, following the country's abolition of its state monopoly in textbook production and the launch of a new curriculum for primary schools. The PPP was started as an instrument for implementing the new policy and helping to strengthen the textbook sub-sector. Its main aim was to ensure a smooth transition from a state monopoly to a market system in textbook publishing and distribution by local commercial publishers and booksellers. Market forces and consumer preferences were seen as more efficient in stimulating the development of new and better textbooks. The new textbook policy was complemented by adding new qualitative goals. There should be variation in the supply of textbooks, rather than the supply of standardized materials to the schools. The evaluators studied the conceptual model of PPP, its impact, cost efficiencies achieved, and sustainability; and concluded that textbook publishing in Tanzania today is a sustainable activity, much strengthened by the PPP." (Hans M. Zell, Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3d ed. 2008, nr. 1133)

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