Ministry vetting 10,000 titles for reference books

  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry’s technology division is vetting about 10,000 titles in the market to select 800 to 900 materials as reference books for Mathematics and Science in English. 

The selected books from 3,000 short-listed titles would be used as supplementary materials for Year One, Form One and Lower Six students.  

“The ministry is expected to confirm the appropriate books by next week and make bulk orders to equip resource centres in all schools,” said Malaysian Book Exporters & Importers Association (MBEIA) president Kevin Sugumaran at a press conference yesterday. 

He added that 90% of the books were imported from Britain, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. 

However, he said there was a need to source for local English writers and publishers for additional references. 

“Due to the new policy of teaching Mathematics and Science in English, the ministry wants more local contents in supplementary books,” said Sugumaran.  

On the prices of reference books, Malaysian Book Industry Council (MBIC) chairman Sha’ari Abdullah said the price of the books would be lower if they were published locally. 

“Some international publications are too highly priced but we are working on attaining adaptation rights to publish them locally.”  

Based on the fixed ceiling rate, imported books can be priced 30% higher. However, the prices of school books can only be marked up by a maximum of five per cent.  

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