Two annual Government tenders for the supply and delivery of school textbooks has attracted over 40 tenders with none or little connection to publishing.
The first tender is for the supply of textbooks for pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in all the educational regions from 1st October this year to 30th September next year.
Having closed on 10th of this month, this tender replaced the previous one that had closed on 23rd April, which had been scheduled to supply textbooks from 1 May this year to 30th April next year but got cancelled on 5th July.
The criteria for prospective tenderers for the supply of textbooks emphasised they had to be registered publishers or agents of a local publisher and had to tender to supply the textbooks and learner support materials (LSM) they publish or have the right to sell.
Furthermore the bidders could tender to supply textbooks for pre-Primary and primary, junior and senior secondary schools or for all the phases. The textbooks would have to be delivered to a warehouse in Windhoek within three months after being ordered by the Ministry of Education.
The 19 tenderers who submitted their bids for this tender are mostly unknown in the local publishing industry. They are Advanced Field Technology, Bias Investments, Encon Investments, Mcheza Investments and Genius Education Software.
The number of schools per region expecting textbook supply this year are 1604 compared to the 1704 last year. The number of schools for each region include Zambezi (99), Erongo (49), Hardap (52), //Karas (38), Oshikoto (192), Otjozondjupa (60), Omaheke (35), Ohangwena (240), Kunene (57), Kavango (316), Khomas (71), Omusati (267) and Oshana (128).
The required books are for various subjects, such as accounting, basic information science, business studies and economics amongst others.
The second tender is about textbook delivery aimed at sorting, packaging and the delivery of textbooks in the period starting 1st October this year to 30th September next year. Most of the companies that have since tendered for the bid are neither connected to publishing, transport nor logistics. These are Loricle Distribution and Trading, Halutusane Investment, Hargore Investments; Dial Stationery, Edumeds Rundu and Elsim Investments.