Parents opt for second hand text books due to high prices
07 January 2014, 15:02
Nakuru - As schools reopened for first term on Monday, many parents are opting to buy second hand text books due to the high prices at bookshops.
A spot check by media revealed that there were also long queues of people in most of the banks and school uniforms shops in Nakuru town.
Most of the parents interviewed said school uniform and text books prices had double, something they said had forced them to buy from the street vendors.
According to Peter Mbithi, a bookshop owner, most of the text book prices had gone up due to high cost of transporting them to the town.
“Since the government increased the tax of transporting the books, we were left with no other choice but to increase the prices,” said Mbithi.
Mbithi also noted that they no longer get books on loan from books dealers as they used to do in the yester years, a thing which he said has forced them to increase the prices.
The businessman also said that they are currently running out of text books due to the rising demand.
“It was not our intention to increase the prices but it is because of circumstances surrounding this industry,” he said.
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