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The Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education has addressed questions and concerns regarding changes to the book lists being issued by the island’s schools.

Mr Marcus explained that book lists are normally issued for a period of four to five years and a review of the prescribed list which was adopted to coincide with the introduction of Universal Secondary Education has now become necessary for several reasons.

Among them he sites, advances in education and technology, syllabi review, as well as the introduction of new subjects at various schools.
But he says alterations made by many schools in the past have significantly compromised the original book list.

Mr Edward notes that the objective of issuing a prescribed booklist is to provide standardization in education and to create a seamless transition for transfer students. He adds that where new materials have been included on the booklist, schools must ensure that students have access to them at the school.

On the issue of availability Mr Edward noted that the Ministry of education has been working with book sellers and that all efforts are being made to have the books available by the reopening of school.

The new academic year starts for students in September
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