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     T&T to stop giving free textbooks to students as part of cost-cutting measures

December 29, 2015
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The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will no longer be providing free textbooks to the majority of students as it seeks to cut costs. Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the Cabinet has decided that textbooks will be given to students in the Infant Department, Infants One and Two, and in the lower forms of the secondary schools and special education. Garcia says Government was set to save $119 million as a result of cutting back on the provision of textbooks. He said the measure followed an ongoing series of fiscal adjustments since the 2015/16 budget was read in October. The total cost to provide books prior to the decision for the most recent school year would have been $138 million. After the Cabinet’s decision, the new cost is $19 million. (Image source: Trinidad Express)

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