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Director of Communications at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, Miss Dorrett Campbell, has announced that the textbooks for Primary Schools would be arriving on time, as scheduled, for the start of the new school year in September.
The Government of Jamaica will be spending just under $300 million for these texts, and approximately $490 million on the provision of secondary school textbooks.
The announcement was made at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ this week, held at the agency’s Half-Way-Tree Road headquarters.
Miss Campbell informed that the primary school texts would be arriving in three batches on August 12, August 26 and September 2.
“This is the first time, we are pleased to say, that delivery of primary textbooks is on target and that we’re not going to be too far behind with the delivery of secondary textbooks,” the Communications Director said.
Miss Campbell noted that the printing of the primary school textbooks was done by the Trinidadian based Eniaths Printing Company, and that the first batch of books due in the island were being packaged for schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas.
She added that Cabinet has approved the awarding of contracts to Carlong Publishing Ltd. and Mid-Island Educators to supply Integrated Science Workbooks for Terms 2 and 3 of Grade 1 and Grade 4, respectively. “So they [the students] are being given the texts and they will also be given the workbooks,” she pointed out.
Turning to the matter of secondary school textbooks, she explained that these were on loan this time. “We’re not renting them, because the Government has assumed responsibility for the fee. and the students are expected to return these textbooks at the end of the school year,” she noted.
She said that as far as procurement was concerned, procedures had to be meticulously followed, and as such the Ministry had just been advised that Cabinet has approved the awarding of contracts to local publishers, Carlong Publishers, Kingston Bookshop, Sangsters Book Store and the Book Wizard.
Miss Campbell noted that even though some of the texts would be delivered at the end of September, this did not necessarily mean that students would be without books, as schools had texts in the system from previous school years. “We replenish their stock annually,” she explained.