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Education minister must force publishers to reduce prices – Deputy Seán Crowe

29 August, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson Deputy Séan Crowe has supported Minister Ruairi Quinn’s call for lower school book prices. Deputy Crowe has been lobbying the minister to force the publishers of school textbooks to reduce their prices and stop printing unnecessary revised editions.

He said: “Most of the cost of sending a child to school, which according to Barnardo's is between €350 and €805, is spent on text books.

“I welcome Minister Quinn’s efforts but publishers are saying they will only agree to a voluntary code of practice regarding prices and new editions of school books.

“Publishers should give discounts to schools making bulk purchases of textbooks and the practice of reprinting revised editions of books must cease. The Department of Education should look at best practices of schools with book rental schemes and use this as a template that can be applied in all schools.

“Low income families are suffering in the economic crisis and the cost of sending children to school must be reduced. It is unfortunate that Minister Quinn’s efforts get results have come too late to help parents with children who are about to start the new school term.” ENDS

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