Very worn books and prohibitively high prices | School high fees trigger public anger in regime-controlled areas • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Very worn books and prohibitively high prices | School high fees trigger public anger in regime-controlled areas

With the beginning of the new school season 2022-2023, regime-controlled areas have experienced broad public anger, because schools have provided poor quality and very worn books, as well as the prohibitively high prices compared to the last season.

 

In this context, SOHR sources have reported that the Syrian regime’s “Public Printing and Textbooks Corporation” has issued a decision raising the prices of school books at high and vocational schools. Accordingly, the new book prices exceed 50% of the monthly income of most of the employees and civilians in regime-controlled areas.

 

SOHR sources have also confirmed that this decision, as well as decisions issued by regime authorities, further burden civilians with poor income, especially with the current dreadful living conditions, extreme poverty and rampant unemployment.

 

According to Observatory sources, the prices of school books for each student in the primary stage are distributed as follows:

 

  • Grade 1: Nearly 24,800 SYP.

 

  • Grade 2: Nearly 25,300 SYP.

 

  • Grade 3: 26,200 SYP.

 

  • Grade 4: 21,400 SYP.

 

  • Grade 5: 28,500 SYP.

 

  • Grade 6: 41,800 SYP.

 

SOHR sources confirm that the expenses of stationeries, school bags, uniform and other supplies which a student need in only one season may reach 500,000 SYP; this level of expenses is unaffordable by most of the Syrian civilians who are almost able to secure their and their families’ daily needs.

 

Moreover, many students and parents are struggling when they deal with these very worn books which have been stored carelessly in warehouses for years; this, in turn, has spurred many families to buy new books at bookstores. Meanwhile, a broad state of public anger is growing, as parents see that the authorities which set such prices are not aware of the dreadful living conditions of most of the Syrian civilians.

 

Speaking to SOHR, a woman says that she has no more than 8,600 SYP, and that this sum of money is enough for buying only one book for her son who has no new books, expressing her discontent of the worn books provided at schools at such high prices.

 

It is worth noting that the education sector in regime-controlled areas is deteriorating greatly because of the old curriculum, school high fees and the growing rate of dropouts in light of the extreme poverty, worsening security situation and the ongoing freefall of the Syrian currency.