On the morning of May 25, discussing at the socio-economic group, Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son – a delegate from the Hanoi National Assembly said that in recent days, public opinion has said: much to the price of textbooks increasing 2-3 times.
“This, today I do not have to justify or explain on behalf of businesses, but provide information for delegates to know more,” Mr. Son said at the delegation of the National Assembly in Hanoi.
Specifically, according to Mr. Son, when comparing textbook prices, it must be compared with similar books, that is, comparing new sets of books compiled under the 2018 general education program, for example new books for grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 7, grade 10. That is, a new compilation system, socializing according to the policy of the National Assembly, which is to socialize many sets of books.
“These kinds of books are compiled in larger format, better paper. The processes from compiling to introducing, testing, and publishing books are completely self-managed and declare prices with the Ministry of Finance, “said Mr. Son.
According to Mr. Son, the price of books for the 3rd, 7th and 10th grade books of the Education Publisher this year decreased by 10-15% compared to the corresponding books of last year, while the cost of materials, fuel whether increase.
Compared to the old books of the 2016 program, the books that the State spends money on a lot of stages from compilation to appraisal. That is, the sections that were previously organized by the state according to the old system, books have: smaller size, bad paper, different quantity. Compared to the old set of books, the price ranges from 50,000 to more than 100,000 VND. The price of the new set of books ranges from 200,000 to 300,000 VND depending on the type of book.
“If we compare it with the books of the old system, we see it differently. But if compared with the book of the new program, it is equal, more reasonable. If compared with the previous book series organized by the state and we say it increased, the comparison is not similar,” said the Minister of Education and Training.
The Minister of Education and Training also said that he has directed the Education Publishing House to set aside 25,000 copies of each book to distribute to students in remote areas. However, this number is still small, but other measures are needed.
Besides, as soon as the book has not been released, the publisher has been asked to provide a PDF file on the publisher’s pictures so that students can download the files conveniently.
Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son emphasized that textbooks are not disposable books
Regarding information online that textbooks cannot be reused, the Minister of Education and Training emphasized: “The books according to the newly compiled series are completely reusable, not disposable.”
“And people keep saying that they have to change the books every year. Currently, they are changing the mat for grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 7, grade 10, and next year will be grade 4, grade 8, and grade 11 and one year So, every year there is a task to change books, of course the old books will not be used for the new year,” added Mr. Son.
Minister Nguyen Kim Son said the new compiled books are completely reusable books and school libraries. The ministry has also directed schools to increase the purchase of books and put them in libraries so that students can use them many times.
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