KINGSTON, Jamaica – October 1, 2020 – The government will spend $ 826 million on the acquisition of textbooks for the next school year, including e-books and learning apps.
This was revealed by the Minister of Education, Youth and Information, the Hon. Fayval Williams, who noted that the ministry has provided all of the textbooks needed by schools for this term.
She said about $ 626 million will be spent on materials for the primary level and $ 200 million for secondary schools under the national textbook loan program and the primary textbook program.
The minister, who was speaking at a virtual press conference on Wednesday, September 30, noted that at lower primary level (years 1 to 3), the usual workbooks are provided for integrated studies and mathematics.
She noted, however, that for the first time, the ministry will provide workbooks for the upper primary level (5th and 6th grade) for the new school year.
“So that parents do not have to buy these notebooks this year, this initiative, in our opinion, will help alleviate the financial challenges facing parents during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” the minister said. Education.
Regarding the secondary level, Minister Williams noted that a blended and / or progressive approach is used, where students will have access to workbooks and textbooks on paper.
“In addition, we will pilot e-books and other e-content for the different fields at a cost of around $ 200 million,” she said.
The minister informed that 38,000 e-books are being purchased for the new school year for the specified subjects.
For the ninth year, e-books will be available on Separate Science; Grades 7 to 11, English language; and grades 10 and 11 will have access to business and accounting principles.
“It should be noted that most of this year’s e-books are flat books, ie PDF (Portable Document Format) and therefore are not interactive.
Research shows. however, this full interactivity has more impact at the primary level than at the secondary level, ”she said.
Minister Williams further noted that at the secondary level, only one approved qualification per subject is obtained for each school.
“This means that students will be given access codes for English For All or English Matters Book 1. The titles of books donated to each school are based on orders previously submitted by schools,” she informed.