Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

The world’s largest eBook publisher is opening the doors to education. South African students, entrepreneurs and working adults now have free access to University level textbooks.

We deliver electronic textbooks in the hard science so that would be IT, Engineering and Finance.

James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon

Country manager for Bookboon, James van der Westhuizen says that it saves South African students and entrepreneurs around R2 billion in education costs a year. He adds that lowering the cost of education forms part and parcel in the conversation around South Africa’s persistent challenges of inequality and joblessness.

Van der Westhuizen says that the Fees Must Fall movement and protest action in Universities are an indication of the overwhelming, financial burden students face at a tertiary level. Each textbook downloaded gets printed roughly 5 times, so we’re looking at 5 million textbooks infiltrating South African Universities at 0 costs to students says van der Westhuizen.

It’s an amazing opportunity especially for corporate South Africa.

James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon

Van der Westhuizen says that corporate South Africa needs to show their support for free education, He adds that a report into the state of South Africa's Education is concerning.

Research has shown that 78% of grade 4 learners are unable to comprehend what they’re reading.

This gives us a preview of the kind of challenges we’re going to have in a couple of years’ time.

James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon

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