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Antigua: Increased calls for minister to resign over e-Book scandal

There are increasing calls for the immediate resignation of Education Minister Michael Browne over what is now being called the e-textbook scandal.

Opposition Leader Jamale Pringle made the call on Monday during his first official response to a budget debate.

At the heart of the matter is a US$230 licensing or user fee that Indian company Fortuna Pix is now demanding from the government for each eBook user annually.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne disclosed details of the agreement earlier this month when he warned of the consequences for officials and others who signed a contract for the provision of 6,000 eBooks to the state, but did not follow the correct procedures. In fact, he made it clear that the Education Minister Michael Browne would have to bear some responsibility.

On Monday, Pringle suggested that the education system in Antigua and Barbuda must be improved and significant changes should be made from the leadership of the ministry to the bottom-level staff.

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