Some schools missing textbooks

SEVERAL primary schools have complained that they have not received textbooks which have already been printed and are ready to be sent. The Education Ministry said the schools should have enough textbooks, the Sme daily reported in its September 25 issue.

SEVERAL primary schools have complained that they have not received textbooks which have already been printed and are ready to be sent. The Education Ministry said the schools should have enough textbooks, the Sme daily reported in its September 25 issue.

The Ivan Bukovčan Primary School in Devínska Nová Ves, for example, says they still have not received German language textbooks for pupils in fifth through ninth grade classes, though they ordered them before summer through the ministerial portal. The school’s representatives told Sme that they are unable to reach anyone at the ministry.

Some schools have said they will buy the books through a commercial agency and then send the invoice to the Education Ministry.

The new textbooks are part of the education reform that started in 2008, in an effort to gradually replace old books. Yet, at the end of summer there were still about 13 textbooks which had not materialised, Sme wrote.

The Education Ministry explained the number of textbooks depends on how much money is in the budget, adding that it bought foreign language textbooks in 2011. Several schools have ordered spare books, so there should not be a problem, said ministry spokesperson Michal Kaliňák, as reported by Sme.

He did not say whether the ministry will reimburse schools for textbooks they purchased through private agencies.

Source: Sme

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