Textbooks increase by average 10%
The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) says Jamaicans will pay an average increase of 10 per cent for textbooks this academic year.
The CAC says that finding was arrived at following a survey of 126 text books in 52 book outlets in the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and all parishes.
It points out that the increase is greater than the five per cent recorded in 2012.
The Commission says the prices of secondary textbooks recorded an average increase of 13 per cent compared to six per cent in 2012 while the prices of primary textbooks recorded an average increase of six per cent compared to four per cent in 2012.
It says the most significant price increase was 97 per cent, recorded by the second edition of the Secondary level text: Writing in English: A Course Book for Caribbean Students.
It says the most significant price reduction was 14 per cent, recorded by the Secondary level text: Geometric and Engineering Drawing (Third Edition) by Ken Moring.
In terms of availability, the Commissions says 73 of the 126 books were readily available in the bookstores surveyed.
The CAC is urging parents to use the supplementary list endorsed by the Ministry of Education and where possible utilize the National Textbook Rental Scheme or purchase pre-owned books.
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