School Textbooks: System to Review

9 years, 4 months ago - January 07, 2013
Student (s) accom-panied (s) of parents snaking queue before Bookstore Bourbon, which has existed for over forty years, Bourbon Street, Port-Louis. Part of buyers is inside the library, the other on the sidewalk. Fortunately the weather is overcast, because it is hard to line up under a blazing sun!

Two young schoolgirls are accompanied by their father. They pass in Form IV this year. They live in Rose Hill, but as they took to the capital, they take the opportunity to buy their books. "We used to buy our books here. Books are new or second hand. The important thing is to find out what's on our list, "said one of the ladies. The list in question is composed of a dozen books. Their price? "So far I have spent about Rs 1,500," she advance.

In the tail, there are also Hurry, attending college Sundar Manrakhan. It is accompanied by a parent and his little brother. It will in Form III this year and needs more than a dozen books. To finance the purchase, he brought with him a dozen books he no longer needs it and will sell it to Josian, the bookseller who also buys its customers, provided that the books are in good condition.

Hurry little brother passes him, the sixth this year. He did not need to buy books for school hours because the school provides him. But as it will take private lessons, he was forced to buy some ...

How much does it cost?

How much on average every student manuals for Form I? And the student in Higher School Certificate (HSC)? It starts from Rs 2000, says boss Bonanza, another library mythical Port Louis. Expenses for a student in HSC could turn around Rs 6000. One book can cost Rs 900. The total cost will vary depending on the material.

During our conversation with the owner of Bonanza, we see a young mother that we had already seen in the queue at the library Bourbon. She explains that in fact it has not come buy, but sell. But apparently the books are not in good condition because it leaves with.

Gayan has a girl and a boy who pass this year respectively School Certificate (SC) and Form II. As two jobs to make ends meet, he was unable to find a free moment to buy books for her children. "There are some books that my daughter used last year and it will still be useful this year. I'll buy the rest. As for my son, if I get a student of second hand books, so much the better! But sometimes you come across books with lots of scratches or where all the answers are written. In this case, I prefer to buy new textbooks, "he said.

A trade?

Gilbert is a father who is not in good health and must find a considerable sum to finance the purchase of books for her daughter who goes into fifth this year. "I bought some and I spent Rs 800 so far. I have yet to find Rs 1800 for the rest, "he said.

It deplores - and this is a sentiment shared by many parents - is the failure to reuse a book that was used for the same classes of fifth last year. "It would have been so much easier for parents, especially for those with average incomes, he said. But our education system forces us to buy everything every year, because we change manual. Sometimes there are only one or two pages that have changed, "he says.

"A parent can have two children with one year difference between the two, but the smaller can not use the older books. This is unfair. Why such a practice in our education system? All children do not they share the same examinations at the end of the year? Why is it that every school or college uses its own books? Could we not create a uniform book for all students of the same class? The sale of textbooks is a real business, "he adds.

A substantial budget

Ensure academic education to a child does not mean that the textbooks which, as we have seen, costs between Rs 2000 and Rs 6000 per student. Add to this uniform, bag, shoes, the 'pocket money' and private lessons. "I have to pay Rs 400 for each subject for the lessons that takes my daughter. In total, this makes me Rs 2400 per month. And every day, I give Rs 50 to Rs 40 and my daughter to my son before they leave for college, "said Gayan.

"It is true that it is shoes, bags and uniforms, we do not buy every day, but still it is that investments are not negligible. "These are several thousand rupees must find parents at the beginning of each school year.


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