Free school books in state schools

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 21-07-2019 18:00:00 · 0 Comments
Free school books in state schools

Portugal’s parliament has approved a new law granting all pupils in state schools, free textbooks up to the end of the 12th grade.

The idea of free textbooks for all state school students had been proposed in every annual state budget since 2016.

On Friday, in the last plenary session of the legislature, the idea became law.

In recent years the government had encouraged pupils to return textbooks to schools for reuse, but this came under criticism as many textbooks are not designed to be reused.

This year, parents complained that they had to pay for books that had been written in by other children during the school year.

Others complained that they had been made to pay for books by schools because when they returned the books at the end of the academic year, the books were in poor condition.


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