Parents in Hong Kong are cricitising the high cost of textbooks, some of which they say go unused. Officials say the cost of textbooks for primary- and secondary-school students is expected to rise by as much as 5% in the next school year. Parents, who pay for the books, have gathered 25,000 signatures asking for relief from the high prices. In response, officials say they are working to get textbook publishers to refrain from bundling books together, which often requires the purchase of unnecessary books.

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