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Books on loan

Dawn Gibson
Friday, January 04, 2013

THE Ministry of Education confirmed yesterday that primary schools around the country should not be distributing class book lists with textbooks on them.

This comes after a complaint that a primary school in Suva was distributing book lists with textbooks on them, even after the ministry had prescribed textbooks to all primary schools just two years ago.

"Textbooks were distributed two years ago to all primary schools with the understanding that they would be replaced every five years. We cannot afford to replace them every year," explained permanent secretary for the Ministry of Education, Dr Brij Lal.

During the course of the year, students are given textbooks on loan, which they use for their work and return to their respective schools at the end of each term.

Dr Lal said it was the student's responsibility to look after the book during these periods. "This issue needs to be taken up with the heads of these schools because students shouldn't need to buy textbooks.

"If parents wish to buy them for their own children, that's fine but it's not necessary as we have already given them textbooks," Dr Lal added.