As Back-to-School shopping swings into high gear, consumers are being warned to brace for up to a 26% increase in the price of textbooks.
President of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, (BIAJ), Franklyn McGibbon, says the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar has resulted in increases of between 9% and 26%.
He said there was a fall in the sale of textbooks for the month of July, when compared to last year.
While he was unable to give a figure, the BIAJ President cited the Education Ministry’s textbook guidelines, amongst other factors, for the decline in sales but he hopes the sales will improve.
“We have seen the trend picking up so we expect that this will be a late season. A lot of this has to do with the late release of the textbook list by schools but we are hoping that the trend will pick up by August,” he said.
Meanwhile, Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites has renewed his call for parents to inform the Ministry about book lists, that have breached the guidelines.