Free text book plan delayed

The introduction of free text books in secondary schools is to be delayed until the 2009/2010 academic year but the cabinet is considering compensating parents by a one-off payment of €300, reports Friday’s Volkskrant.

The postponement of free text books is needed to give schools time to buy books. European rules, which mean these type of contracts must be put to public tender, are being blamed for the delays.

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