Recently, in the parliament, the issue of textbook prices has been discussed quite a lot.
Everywhere, there are people who have money to buy 2 sets of textbooks at the same time and people who do not have money to buy 1 set of textbooks, including old textbooks (illustration).
As a person in the education industry, I also have many thoughts, specifically:
On the part of the unit making textbooks: The State has a policy of socializing textbook making. This policy has been realized for 3-4 years now. The price of textbooks must respect the market mechanism and ensure the long-term sustainability of the textbook maker. That is, making textbooks must have a reasonable profit, without capital loss leading to bankruptcy.
The price of the new set of textbooks is more expensive than the old set of textbooks, there are many reasons: more titles, more pages printed, better paper and print quality, fewer copies of each set ( before 1 set, now 5 sets – reduced 5 times), the compilation work increased many times (5 times), …
The state does not have the financial resources to finance the units that make textbooks and indeed should not be funded once the socialization of textbooks has been implemented.
Everywhere people have and don’t have money to buy textbooks
From urban to rural areas, from plains to mountainous areas, remote areas… everywhere there are rich people, poor people, people who are ready to buy 2 sets of textbooks at the same time, and people who can’t afford to buy 1 set of textbooks. faculty (including old textbooks)…
Therefore, it is not advisable to only think of the poor or those with good economic conditions to offer a “equal” solution. There should be different solutions to suit the diverse capabilities of people.
For example, a set of textbooks at level 1 (high price): good paper, good printing (4 colors)… so that anyone who can afford it, has high quality textbooks to buy.
Textbook level 2 (cheaper price): cheaper paper, 2 colors printing… people with little money have “soft” textbooks to buy.
The State allocates budget to buy level 2 textbooks for school libraries. People who do not have money to buy textbooks can borrow them from the school and return them to the school library at the end of the school year.
In addition to the state budget, mobilizing businesses and benefactors to donate textbooks to school libraries and shared bookcases for generations of students.