THE Ministry of Education has reminded school heads of their duties to submit school rolls so that textbooks are issued accordingly.
The reminder came in the wake of concerns raised by parents of a prominent primary school in Labasa over textbooks being included in their children's list of stationery to be bought this year.
Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal said it was the duty of principals and school heads to submit to the Education Ministry the roll of their students and the subjects they were taking to enable the ministry to supply the necessary number of textbooks needed.
Hamidan Nisha, a parent, said as far as she understood, government had announced that schools would issue free textbooks to students and parents did not need to buy textbooks.
"We just want a clarification from the ministry on the matter," she said.
"We were already in town today (yesterday) to buy the textbooks when I was told by a friend that the ministry had already set their conditions.
"School managements should clarify these important issues before we rush into buying school textbooks which we cannot afford when government is already offering the same," said Ms Nisha.
Dr Lal said school headteachers and principals were well aware of their role in submitting their school rolls to the ministry so that the ministry could release the proper number of textbooks to cater for the school roll.