Education ministry to distribute master booklist to schools this week
The Ministry of Education has compiled a master list of supplementary textbooks for grades one to nine for distribution to schools starting this week.
This is in keeping with the recent call by education minister Reverend Ronald Thwaites for principals to require parents to purchase only books approved by the ministry.
In a release issued yesterday, the ministry said several books were removed from the list including texts which were already reviewed and found unsuitable, as well as those supplied by the ministry such as workbooks for grades one to three as well as texts with contents similar to what appeared in books provided by the Government.
According to the ministry, no new texts were added in compiling the approved list of supplementary books on the master list which will be reviewed annually.
The ministry said its decision to approve supplementary textbooks used by schools was in response to the economic burden being placed on parents to purchase books which very often are not used by students. It noted that it already provides books free of cost or on loan to students in grades one to nine.
"With the master list of textbooks now available, the education ministry has advised parents to pay no more than $5,000 buying additional textbooks for students in grades one to six...books for students in grades seven to nine should cost an average of $12,000," the ministry said.
In explaining the development of the master list of supplementary textbooks, the ministry said schools from across its six regions were asked to submit a list of all the books they used. From these submissions each region compiled a list of the textbooks most frequently used by schools. Texts already reviewed by the ministry and found suitable as well as those currently being reviewed were kept on the list.