Free textbooks without the support of the Board

Committee on Education, Science, Culture and Sport has not supported a proposal on amending the Law on Primary Education, which required the Ministry of Education to provide free textbooks and school supplies for all elementary school students in Montenegro.

Law, which was submitted by the deputies of the Democratic Front (DF) Milutin Djukanovic, Branka Bosnjak, Janko Vucinic and Vladislav Bojovic, was supported by five deputies and three abstaining.

Djukanovic explained that the essence of the proposal is to respect the Constitution that primary education is compulsory and free.

It is necessary, Djukanovic says,to provide free textbooks and school supplies for all elementary school students in Montenegro, which, as he explained, in the first year of its implementation would cost six million euros.

“It would be an effort in the first year, and then all of this would be much cheaper, because the books have to be returned, and it would mean a lot for many families”, Djukanovic said.

Acting Director General of the Directorate for preschool and primary education and education of people with special educational needs, Arijana Nikolic – Vucinic said that practice shows that already used textbook in the lower grades have no later use value, and that in the higher ones it is significantly reduced.

“Of the 123 books, 47 is working character so that they cannot be use later”, Nikolic Vucinic said.

Nikolic Vucinic reminded that the Ministry last year reduced the cost of textbooks for 10.6 per cent and that the price is now the lowest in the region.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro