Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Lloyd B. Smith has called on the Ministry of Education to rationalise the use of textbooks in high schools across the island to reduce the cost of textbooks to parents.
Smith made the call against the backdrop of a 10 per cent increase in the price of textbooks this year, while delivering the keynote address at the 21st Annual Montego Co-operative Credit Union Bayley-Hay Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at the Day-O Plantation yesterday.
"In other words, textbooks should, as far as possible, remain the same for category and grades right across the island so that there is some level of continuity, and the time will come when second-hand books can be used in order to ease the back-to-school expenses."
Sasha Kay Campbell, who scored an average of 96 per cent in the Grade Six Achievement Test, and Brookton Cummings 91 per cent, were awarded the Bayley-Hay Scholarship for the academic year 2013-2014, which will be tenable over a five-year period.
Campbell will be attending the Montego Bay High School for Girls, while Cummings will be attending Cornwall College.
Lorna Clarke, marketing manager for the credit union, said the scholarship recipients are required to maintain a 75 per cent average to continue receiving the scholarship.