TANJUNG MALIM: There will be enough text and module books for pupils next year, Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said.
He said the ministry would continue to distribute the books to pupils next year despite having its allocation slashed due to the recalibrating of the Budget 2016.
“The books will be distributed according to the needs of the respective schools.
“It is misleading to say that parents will need to buy the books for their children next year,” he told reporters after closing the Tanjung Malim MCA Youth training camp at the Tanjung Malim district council here yesterday.
Chong was commenting on a report in a Chinese daily that parents of schoolchildren would have to buy textbooks next year.
The report also stated that a letter, dated March 8 and signed by Education Ministry textbook division director Paridin Jais, was sent to printers telling them that the Government might not print textbooks for replacements (buku cetak semula) and exercise books for the new school session in 2017.
At present, the books are distributed to pupils from Years One to Three under the Textbook Loan Scheme.
Chong explained that the letter was to inform printers to be prepared.
“At this stage, we are planning to cut down on printing the replacement books.
“But we will still be printing new books for our students,” added Chong.
Replacement books, Chong said, were to replace spoilt and torn books.
“We will also collect books lent to students by the year-end and pass it to the next batch of pupils,” he added.
Source : The Star