The Ministry of Education will spend 2 billion dollars for textbooks | New

The Ministry of Education and Youth is to spend $2 billion on textbooks this school year, including $1 billion for primary schools and $1 billion for high schools.

Portfolio Minister Fayval Williams made the revelation during the House of Representatives session on September 6.

“I particularly welcome the increased investment in textbooks at the secondary level. Before this last year, we could only invest $200 million at the secondary level,” Ms. Williams said.

The manuals will be available in the usual hard copy and e-book format.

She informed that the ministry had worked with school principals to determine the mix of text and e-book format.

“The distributions have started and will continue until the end of September. For e-books, the student will only need to download the book once and have it on their device for the entire year,” Ms Williams said.

Regarding dress and dress, the Minister said that a first consultation session with school principals had taken place on the contentious issue of dress and dress in schools.

“We implore our parents to ensure that their children respect the rules of the school. If our parents want a change in a school rule regarding dress and grooming, those changes are made through a standard process,” Ms Williams said.

“I implore our parents to attend the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) [meetings] where you can put the particular problem you have with the school rules on the table. Rules and regulations are established by a standard process,” she added.

Ms Williams said a parent cannot simply say there is nothing wrong with sending their child to school in tight trousers, when school rules specifically outline which trousers should be worn.

“School rules are about discipline in school. School rules are about preparing for life in the wider society in which we have to coexist with each other. There are rules everywhere in society that we all have to obey. We have to teach our children in our schools to respect the rules of the school,” she stressed.

“If you think the school rules need to be changed, start the process. Do not lock the school door, do not disturb the teacher or the principal. Start the process. If the school prohibits pink hair, don’t send your child with pink hair, obey the school rules,” the minister urged.


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