Reid urges schools to man­age book rentals prop­erly

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

SCHOOLS WITH text­book-rental schemes are be­ing en­cour­aged to put in place ap­pro­pri­ate pro­ce­dures to prop­erly man­age the pro­gramme.

The call comes from Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion Ruel Reid in light of re­cent re­ports that chal­lenges are sur­fac­ing at sev­eral schools of­fer­ing this ar­range­ment.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists at a post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing at Ja­maica House on Wed­nes­day, Reid said the chal­lenges re­ported did not re­sult from a short­fall in the min­istry’s pro­vi­sions to the in­sti­tu­tions.

“When we checked, it was [a case] that the schools’ in­ter­nal sys­tems did not work suf­fi­ciently to col­lect those out­stand­ing rental books from the pre­vi­ous stu­dents us­ing them so that they could (be given) to the new group of stu­dents. It was not as a re­sult of the min­istry not de­liv­er­ing the books,” he pointed out.

Reid said the min­istry has as­sisted the in­sti­tu­tions’ ad­min­is­tra­tions with rec­ti­fy­ing the mat­ter.

“We have given them good man­age­ment ad­vice that they must have a ro­bust sys­tem to make sure the stu­dents are com­pli­ant. The stu­dents who re­ceive the books are re­quired to re­turn [them] at the end of the aca­demic year so that the next group can re­ceive them,” he out­lined.

Reid em­pha­sised that where stu­dents fail to do so, “they will have to pay the full cost for the books”, adding that the money col­lected can be used to pur­chase re­place­ments.


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