Local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has welcomed the recent launch of new ‘Guidelines for Developing Textbook Rental Schemes in Schools’.
The guidelines provide practical advice to primary and post-primary schools on how rental schemes can be established and operated.
A special “Guide for Parents” is also being published, to inform them of how the schemes operate and how parents can help schools to establish and run them. Schools which already have rental schemes can save parents up to 80% of the cost of buying new books. The aim of these Guidelines is to help as schools as possible to start such book rental programmes.
“Given the expense and financial burden on hard-pressed families, I also welcome a commitment from the Irish Educational Publishers Association to limiting the publication of new editions and to maintaining editions of books in print, unchanged for at least six years. The publishers also gave assurances that they would sell books for rental schemes to schools at substantial discounts,” said Deputy Feighan.
“I hope that schools who are not yet operating book rental schemes will be encouraged to use the Guidelines to introduce them. If they do, it will result in substantial savings for parents.”
The Guidelines are available at – http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Textbook-Rental-Schemes-in-Schools/Guidelines-for-Developing-Textbook-Rental-Schemes-in-Schools.pdf