Eye-friendly paper used in printing textbook
BANGKOK, April 24 (TNA) - Eye-friendly paper was used in printing textbook in Thailand for the first time as it could help reduce eye fatigue and strain when reading, a senior Thai education ministry official said.
Pakorn Rungnopparut, assistant director of the Office of the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and Education Personnel said under the pilot project, the first textbook to be published with eye friendly paper was Thai language for Matayom 1 and 4 (grades 7 and 10) as the curriculum for the two level has been adjusted recently.
Mr. Pakorn, who oversees the printing section, said that with the eye-friendly paper, the students could read more without eye fatigue and that the weight of each book would be lighter than ordinary textbook.
"This is the first time in Thailand that a textbook will be produced using eye-friendly paper," he said, adding that the colour of the paper would be not pure white but off-white which could reduce the strain when reading.
He said most of foreign textbooks--such as in Singapore and Japan -- were printed with this variety of paper.
The weight of the book would be 30 per cent less than normal textbooks of similar thickness, Mr. Pakorn said.
He conceded that the cost of eye-friendly textbooks is higher than existing texts, but if the plan is supported by the government and carried out with good management, he explained, the cost could be reduced.
"If we buy a large quantity of the paper at one time, the cost can be deducted and the ministry can control the price of textbooks," he said.
If the pilot project gets a positive response, he said, all ministry-produced textbooks in future will be printed with eye-friendly paper. (TNA)-E003