From September, full-time students will receive a free textbook
According to the government's decision, from September 2020, almost 1.2 million full-time students will receive free textbooks, the secretary of state in charge of public education at the Ministry of Human Resources (Emmi) told reporters in Üllő on Monday.
Zoltán Maruzsa announced in the warehouse of KELLO Könyvtárellátó Nonprofit Kft. That compared to last year, 150-160 thousand more students will receive free textbook services, for which the state will provide HUF 13.8 billion in the budget.
He added that in 2013, when the free textbook program was launched, 54 percent of students, 614,804, were on a social basis, and in 2019, 85 percent of students already received 1,080,836 free textbooks.
Zoltán Maruzsa spoke about the fact that due to the modification of the National Core Curriculum, a total of 61 new or revised textbooks were prepared, which were written, edited, compiled and proofread by 130 experts on 12,000 pages. He said this year's textbook list includes 2907 textbooks from 52 publishers, and nearly 54 percent of the books on the list were published by the Office of Education.
A total of 1,918 state-published textbooks are on the list, which is 65 percent of all books.
The secretary of state said that this year, 4,073 schools ordered 13 million 455,000 books, up 385,000 from the previous school year.
Zsolt Tőczik, the managing director of KELLO, talked about the fact that despite the epidemic situation, it was possible to get the textbooks to reach the schools at the beginning of the school year, the delivery of which began on Monday.
He put it that, in terms of quality, world-class textbooks will be in the hands of students, teachers and parents.