Opposition leader Jamale Pringle has called for a new person to be placed at the helm of the Ministry of Education.
Pringle gave Prime Minister Gaston Browne some advice when he presented his first response to a national budget in his capacity as Leader of the O
Speaking on the issue of education development Pringle suggested that the first step to good education is removal of the minister, Michael Browne.
“The Prime Minister should start with a reshuffle and transfer the Minister of Education,” Pringle told Monday’s debate in the Lower House.
He said the entire ministry has been tainted by the so-called E-books scandal.
“Three years and millions and millions of dollars later, no teacher, no child, no parent can see the use or benefit of this E-book project.
It is costing money that neither the Board of Education nor the Treasury has,” the opposition leader said.
He said the terms of the contract seem to be a mystery to all those who should be in the know. “And even if the disputed license fees were to be reduced, that still would not put a tablet in the hands of primary-school students or the pupils of the private schools,” Pringle added.
He said everybody except the Cabinet can see that this E-book initiative is nothing more than a “creative-enrichment
He told fellow lawmakers that by the Prime Minister’s own admission, there were breaches and lapses in awarding the contract, “and there has been no accountability by the Member for All Saints West up to now.”
Pringle said “only the pointing of fingers and casting of blame on civil servants, instead of oversight and responsibility by the Minister of Education.”
He asked “What type of Minister stays silent at a time like this?