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  • The Ministry of Education has compiled a master list of supplementary textbooks for grades 1-9 that will be sent to schools starting this week.
  • The Ministry said that 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. The Ministry noted that it already provides books free of cost or on loan to students in grades 1-9.
  • With the master list of textbooks now available, the Education Ministry has advised parents to pay no more than $5000 buying additional textbooks for students in grades 1-6, adding that books for students in grades 7-9 should cost an average of $12000.

The Ministry of Education has compiled a master list of supplementary textbooks for grades 1-9 that will be sent to schools starting this week. This is in keeping with the recent call by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites in Parliament for principals to require parents to purchase only books approved by the Ministry.

The Ministry said that 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. The Ministry noted that it already provides books free of cost or on loan to students in grades 1-9.

With the master list of textbooks now available, the Education Ministry has advised parents to pay no more than $5000 buying additional textbooks for students in grades 1-6, adding that books for students in grades 7-9 should cost an average of $12000.

In explaining the development of the master list of supplementary textbooks, the Ministry disclosed that 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.

However, several books were removed from the lists including texts that were already reviewed and found unsuitable, texts that were supplied by the Ministry such as workbooks for grades 1-3, and texts with contents similar to what appeared in books provided by the Ministry. No new texts were added in compiling the approved list of supplementary books. The list will be reviewed annually.

Parents should consult the Ministry of Education’s website www.moey.gov.jm for a list of the approved textbooks.