President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today presented a new school basket index price for primary and secondary students. This follows a 7% increase on the price since last year.
The president gave her address in the Casa Rosada, to an audience that included teachers and representatives from the commercial sector. Education minister, Alberto Sileoni, and the Interior Commerce Secretary were also present. The president spoke of an agreement between the government, stationery factories and sellers and thanked the Argentine Chamber for Stationery and Bookshops (CAPLA) for promoting this offer.
“If anyone can talk about putting value on education it’s the government that began in 2003,” she said. “Education, one of the basic pillars of transformation and upward social mobility was, and continues to be, one of our objectives.”
Around 50 items, including exercise books, paper, pencils and pens, will be available from next week at lower prices. The basic school set will cost different amounts according to the age of the pupil. For first to third graders, the price is $42.83; for fourth to seventh graders, $57.86; whilst for secondary students, the set will cost $59.82.