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Inflation Hits Punjab Education Sector As Textbook Prices Go Up

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The ongoing price hike as a result of the rising inflation has cast its shadow on the education sector as well, with textbooks in Punjab having become up to 16 percent more expensive than before.

The average increase in text book prices in Punjab has been recorded at 8.5 percent as the textbook have become more expensive by between Rs 4 and Rs 12. According to the price data of textbooks of grade 1 to 10 in the province issued by Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), the biggest increase was recorded in price of grade 4 Islamiat textbook, which has become 16.67 percent more costly.

However, the burden of the price hike for public schools in the province would not affect children or their parents, as books in government schools are provided free of cost. This, however, will not be the case for children enrolled in private schools across Punjab. Parents in middle and low-income brackets are expected to be most affected by the increase in prices.

The PCTB also took out an ad stating the reasons for the increase. It said that the board had tried to control the prices and a ‘meager’ increase was due to the rising cost of materials needed to produce the books. The board also asked parents to look up the new prices to avoid paying higher prices to book sellers.

Please see the table below to find out the old and new prices of textbooks in Punjab.

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