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Textbook budget cut

Published:Wednesday | May 7, 2014 | 5:00 PM

The Ministry of Education is cutting its textbook budget by $88 million, with an allocation this year of $900 million, Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites said during his sectoral debate presentation in Parliament today.



The cycle for textbooks has been extended by two years for those on three-year and five-year rotations, he said.



“We simply cannot afford to spend more and more money on the same texts,” Thwaites told Parliament.



“We have to take better care of what costs so much. Parents should not be spending more than an average of $5,000 on supplementary texts at the primary level and no more than $12,000 at grades seven to nine levels at the secondary schools,” he said.



The Minister also urged parents to only buy books that were “absolutely necessary”.



richard.browne@gleanerjm.com