JIS: The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has commenced the procurement process for literature texts and dictionaries as part of the Secondary Textbook programme under the National Textbook Loan Scheme (NTLS).
This is part of the Ministry’s commitment to promote the use of quality learning material at all levels of the education system by providing textbooks annually for students in primary and secondary schools.
In a bulletin issued by the Ministry, it was noted that there has been growing concern among parents and guardians about the cost of literature texts required by students.
These learning material will be supplied in the first instance to Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) students only.
For the 2017-2018 school year, PATH students in grades seven, 10 and 11 will be provided with literature texts and dictionaries under the NTLS.
Meanwhile, the Ministry is reporting that the Supplementary Textbook lists for the new school year have been prepared.
School administrators are being reminded that in keeping with the Ministry’s principle of school-based management, they are required to exercise judgement in selecting the supplementary textbooks they deem most suitable from the lists.
They are being advised that in order to select the most appropriate textbooks, a textbook selection committee comprising a subject specialist at the secondary level and grade coordinator at both the primary and secondary levels should be established.
Members of the committee must examine the books to determine their suitability for the students’ needs.
The Approved Supplementary Primary and Secondary Textbook lists can be viewed on the Ministry’s website at http://www.moey.gov.jm.