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Textbooks and School Library : Provision in Secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Abstract: This study discusses secondary textbook and school library availability in Africa, its cost and financing, and its distribution and publishing. The study objective is to analyze the issues and provide some options and strategies for improvement. Reforms are urgently required in the secondary school systems of most African countries in order to: (a) reduce the number of textbooks and reference books required by secondary education curricula; (b) reduce the unit costs of textbooks; (c) increase the target book life thus increasing cost amortization and reducing annual textbook fees/budgets; (d) increase the financing allocated to textbook provision from either government or parents and; (e) ensure that curricula change does not make expensive materials redundant too early or too often. The conclusion to be drawn is that if a reliable market exists local publishing can develop to service it, even in direct competition with multinationals. The market does not necessarily have to be large. The critical factor is predictability. If publishers are confident that funding will be available, from whatever source, year after year then local publishing will emerge to serve that market. This is perhaps most clearly demonstrated in Botswana where a tiny but reliable and reasonably predictable secondary school sector has five competing approved textbooks in some secondary subjects.
Type: Publications & Research :: Publication
Publications & Research :: Publication
Link: 978-0-8213-7344-6
http://hdl.handle.net/10986/6356
Subject: ACCESS TO TEXTBOOKS
ADOLESCENTS
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
BASIC EDUCATION
BASIC EDUCATION POLICY
BASIC SCHOOLS
BASIC TEXTBOOKS
BINDING
BOOK DEVELOPMENT
BOOK PUBLISHERS
BOOK TRADE
BOOK TRUST
BUSINESS STUDIES
CLASSROOMS
COLLEGE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
CORE TEXTBOOK
CORE TEXTBOOKS
COST OF BOOKS
CURRICULA
CURRICULUM
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
CURRICULUM RESEARCH
DISTANCE EDUCATION
DISTRICT EDUCATION
DONOR SUPPORT
EARLY CHILDHOOD
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMIC GROWTH
EDUCATION FOR ALL
EDUCATION REFORM
EDUCATION REHABILITATION
EDUCATION SECTOR
EDUCATION SERVICES
EDUCATION SYSTEMS
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
EDUCATIONAL METHODS
EDUCATIONAL PLANNING
EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS
ELITE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
EMPLOYMENT
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
ESSENTIAL SKILLS
FREE EDUCATION
FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION
FREE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION
FRENCH PUBLISHERS
GER
GRADE LEVELS
GROSS ENROLLMENT
GROSS ENROLLMENT RATIO
HEAD TEACHERS
HEALTH EDUCATION
HIGH SCHOOL
HIGHER EDUCATION
HOME ECONOMICS
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
INFORMATION ACCESS
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
INTERVENTIONS
JUNIOR SECONDARY
JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
LABOR MARKETS
LEARNING MATERIALS
LEARNING OUTPUTS
LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT
LIFELONG LEARNING
LITERACY
LITERATURE
LOCAL BOOKSELLERS
LOCAL PUBLISHERS
LOCAL PUBLISHING
LOCAL PUBLISHING INDUSTRIES
MATH TEXTBOOKS
MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
NATIONAL CURRICULA
NATIONAL CURRICULUM
NATIONAL CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS
NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
NATIONAL LIBRARY
NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE
NATIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEMS
NATIONAL PUBLISHERS
NATIONAL SCHOOL
NUMBER OF TEXTBOOKS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
PAMPHLETS
PAPERS
POST-PRIMARY EDUCATION
PRIMARY EDUCATION
PRIMARY EDUCATION REFORM
PRINTING
PRIVATE SCHOOLS
PROVISION OF TEACHERS
PUBLISHERS
PUBLISHING INDUSTRY
READERS
READING
READING BOOKS
READING SKILLS
REFERENCE BOOK
REFERENCE BOOKS
REFERENCE MATERIALS
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
RURAL AREAS
RURAL SCHOOLS
SCHOOL BOOK
SCHOOL BOOK PUBLISHING
SCHOOL EQUIPMENT
SCHOOL FEES
SCHOOL LIBRARIAN
SCHOOL LIBRARIES
SCHOOL LIBRARY
SCHOOL POPULATION
SCHOOL STUDENTS
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
SCHOOL SYSTEM
SCHOOL SYSTEMS
SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS
SCHOOL YEAR
SCHOOLING
SCHOOLS
SCIENCE TEXTBOOK
SECONDARY CURRICULUM
SECONDARY EDUCATION
SECONDARY EDUCATION SYSTEMS
SECONDARY ENROLLMENT
SECONDARY SCHOOL
SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEMS
SECONDARY SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS
SECONDARY SCHOOLS
SECONDARY TEXTBOOKS
SENIOR SECONDARY
SENIOR SECONDARY LEVEL
SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
SOCIAL SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
SPORTS
STATE SCHOOLS
STUDENT LEARNING
STUDENT PERFORMANCE
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
SUBJECTS
SYLLABUSES
TEACHER
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT
TEXTBOOK
TEXTBOOK APPROVAL
TEXTBOOK AVAILABILITY
TEXTBOOK COSTS
TEXTBOOK DEVELOPMENT
TEXTBOOK DISTRIBUTION
TEXTBOOK LIST
TEXTBOOK MARKET
TEXTBOOK MARKETS
TEXTBOOK PRICES
TEXTBOOK PROCUREMENT
TEXTBOOK PROVISION
TEXTBOOK PROVISION SYSTEM
TEXTBOOK PUBLISHING
TEXTBOOK RENTAL
TEXTBOOK RENTAL SCHEME
TEXTBOOK SUPPLY
TEXTBOOKS
UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION
UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION
UPE
URBAN SCHOOLS
WORKBOOKS
YOUTH




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