Textbook prices rise 6 per cent
Jamaicans are paying an average increase of six per cent for textbooks this academic year.
The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) says this is based on a survey of 130 textbooks in 47 book outlets across the island.
The CAC says the islandwide average price movement for secondary-level textbooks is 6 per cent; while a five percent increase was seen in primary and infant-level textbooks.
The agency says within the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Area specifically, book prices moved up by 5 percent.
The average price increase within other urban centres was also five percent.
The Annual School Textbook Survey, was conducted by the CAC between July 29 and August 7, and is based on an analysis of price movements.
Meanwhile, the CAC says the prices for infant, primary and secondary level textbooks were all found to be competitively priced as there was no significant variation among the outlets surveyed.
In terms of availability, the CAC says islandwide, 87 of the 130 books were readily available in the bookstores surveyed.
The agency is urging parents to use the approved list endorsed by the Ministry of Education and, where possible, make use of the National Textbook Rental Scheme or purchase pre-owned books.
The CAC is also urging bookstores to help shoppers to identify updated versions of books so that they buy the correct ones.
It's also urging the stores to sell old stock at lower prices.
The full Annual School Textbook Survey can be viewed on the CAC’s website at www.cac.gov.jm