Students struggling to acquire text books
- as legal importers run out of stocks
While the legal importers of text books are breathing a sigh of relief that an injunction against piracy has been granted, it has now become a challenge to parents and students to locate the required texts.
Checks by Kaieteur News revealed that Austins’s Book Store and other legal importers have run out of books that are required reading for primary and secondary schools.
For instance, Austin’s Book Store has no copies of CXC Chemistry and Writing Summaries for Statistical Reports, which are used by fourth for students.
A staffer was unable to say when a shipment of the books would arrive.
“I was somewhat fortunate in that I was able to purchase most of my children’s required text books before the injunction was granted, but now I have three books to purchase and though I am willing to pay the cost for my daughter’s education, no book store seems to have them available,” one parent said yesterday.
Another parent said that “the government knows the injunction pass yet still they haven’t been making an effort to supply schools with the needed text books.
Even if three to four children have to look in one book during class time. At least that will allow the children to move on.”
“If the children don’t have study materials how you expect them to pass? I am a public servant and trust me I know the government can do better.”
She too said that she hasn’t been able to purchase required textbooks. “I decide I have to band me belly and buy my children books but I went two three times to Austin’s, only to hear we will get it on such and such a date; when I return is only to be given a next date.”
It has been little over a month since the injunction was granted by Justice Rishi Persaud, at the Supreme Court, prohibiting the publishing and sale of pirated books.
Some Government officials had stated that the exorbitant price for an original textbook was a major factor for the printing of the ‘pirated’ copies.