JAMAICANS ARE expected to pay an average increase of five per cent for textbooks this academic year, according to the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC).
The CAC said in a release yesterday that its results were based on a survey of 130 textbooks (98 secondary and 32 primary) in 59 book outlets in the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and all except one parish.
"The increase follows the trend of the average five per cent increase from 2010 to 2011 within the Greater KMA. However, the average price increase within 'other urban centres' is six per cent, representing a two per cent increase over last year," said the CAC.
The Annual Schoolbook Survey, conducted between July 30 and August 3, is based on an analysis of price movements. The findings indicated that price fluctuations are consistent with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica's 5.9 per cent inflation rate for the period July 2011 to June 2012.
The prices of secondary textbooks recorded an average price increase of six per cent compared with 2011, where the figure was five per cent and the prices of primary textbooks recorded an average price increase of four per cent, compared with 2011 where the figure was six per cent.
Meanwhile, the CAC has urged parents to use the supplementary list endorsed by the Ministry of Education and where possible utilise the National Textbook Rental Scheme or purchase pre-owned books.