MIRI: Teachers and headmasters must not force their students to buy workbooks, said Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) president William Gani Bina.
There have been many instances during the start of the new school term when teachers provide students with a list of workbooks that the students must buy.
Some needy families with four or five school-going children here had to spend a few hundred ringgit on these books, which cost between RM50 and RM100.
The matter was brought to the attention of Gani, who said such workbooks were unnecessary.
“Some teachers are asking their students to buy these workbooks as additional study materials.
“This is unnecessary. There is no need to ask students to buy workbooks.
“There is in fact no need for teachers to rely on workbooks to teach. The textbooks approved by the Education Department are sufficient as teaching materials.
“Whatever has to be taught, the teachers can do it using the textbooks without having to rely on additional materials from workbooks.
“Teachers who think that workbooks are necessary cannot force any of their students to buy them if the students cannot afford to or do not want to.
“Students and their parents have a right to refuse to buy these workbooks even if the teacher had given them a list.
“If students are being forced by their teacher to buy the books, the parents have a right to lodge official complaints with the Education Department against the teacher concerned,” he told The Star.
Gani said parents could also check with the department regarding such matters.
“Always ask first. There is no need to buy everything that the school asked unless it is totally necessary for the student,” he stressed.Gani said there were enough textbooks to go around and that the union had not received any complaints of shortage of textbooks in any school so far. Stephen Then The STAR Home > News > Community Monday January 14, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM