Education Minister, Priya Manickchand has made it clear that children who failed to return loaned textbooks will not be given any when the new school term begins.
The Minister made this declaration in an invited comment as she overlooked the second phase distribution of the ‘Because We Care’ cash grant in Georgetown.
“There are consequences, if persons failed to return textbooks then your children will not get in September,” the Minister said.
However, she noted that so far, parents have been coming forward to return the textbooks.
It is important for the textbooks to be returned as they are then redistributed to students entering the new grade.
The Ministry of Education has been making funds available to provide students with textbooks for most of the subject areas. This is being done to assist parents who may not be able to purchase textbooks.
All public primary school students are being given textbooks to cover the four core subject areas- Mathematics, English Language, Social Studies, and Science and very soon this same initiative will be rolled out to secondary schools.
Before receiving the Ministry-supplied textbooks, parents are required to sign a contract which makes it clear they must return these books at the end of the school year.
Recently, the Ministry had even announced that parents who failed to return the books would not be given the ‘Because We Care’ cash grant. Parents or Guardians are being encouraged to return the textbooks to the various schools.