Over 90 million textbooks prepared for new school year

The Education Publishing House will publish about 90 million textbooks designed for students in grades 1 to 12, to prepare for the new school year 2010-2011, scheduled to start August 20.

Vu Ba Hoa, director of the publishing house Ho Chi Minh City, said on August 3 that 80 million books have been delivered to provinces and cities so far.

With the number of new books published this year and over 45 percent of old books remaining in circulation, students throughout the country will have enough books for the new school year.

Prices of textbooks, reprinted books and some types of reference books will remain unchanged compared to last year prices. Additionally, students will receive a 10 percent discount on books purchased during publishing month.

The publishing house has also coordinated with HCMC Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the city Department of Education and Training to collect hundreds of thousands of old textbooks to present to poor students in remote areas.

They have also given 70,000 sets of new textbooks to children of martyrs and wounded soldiers.

In the last three years, the number of students using old textbooks has increased. The ratio is 10-15 percent at primary schools, 30 percent at secondary schools and 50-60 percent at high schools.

By L.Linh – Translated by Hong Phuong

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