MALAGA’s Education department will spend €16 million on new textbooks this year. A total of €85 million have been allocated over the next academic year for Andalucia’s free textbook scheme, which benefits 930,000 primary and secondary pupils at state-funded schools.
Of Andalucia’s other provinces, Almeria receives €7 million, Cadiz €13 million, Cordoba €8 million, Granada €9 million, Huelva €5 million, Jaen €7 million and Sevilla €20 million.
Textbooks for first and second year pupils at primary and middle schools will be renewed, as these are routinely changed each school year.
This year the Education department is extending a pilot scheme of digital books which began last year for fifth and sixth years at 82 primary schools in the region. This will now extend to the second year of ESO with a total of 227 different titles from 22 publishing houses will be available.
And for the first time, 10 Andalucia schools – including Juan Ramon Jimenez school and the Los Mantantiales institute in Malaga – will offer Chinese language lessons as an extra-curricular activity.