Minister of Education, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, has said Government will be seeking to introduce e-books to ease the weight pupils have to carry in their book bags.
Dr. Gopeesingh made the announcement during the question and answer segment in the Senate yesterday.
In his response to a question filed by People’s National Movement (PNM) Senator Camille Robinson-Regis, Dr. Gopeesingh revealed that Government spent some $249,653,750 in the past four years on textbooks.
Dr. Gopeesingh said 2,249,987 textbooks were purchased from 2010 to 2013 for primary and secondary schools.
He gave the breakdown of Government expenditure:
2010 — 17,874,220.48 spent on textbooks: $13,451,578.50 for textbooks for primary schools; $4,422, 641.89 for secondary schools;
2011 — $35,662,000 spent on textbooks: $17,931,100 for primary schools, $15,450,000 for textbooks for secondary schools and $2,280,900 for special education;
2012 — Spending rose sharply, with $84,857,589.23 spent on textbooks: $46,454,477.98 for primary schools, $33,422,700.25 for secondary schools and $4.980,411 for special schools;
2013 — $70,028,613.10 for textbooks: $31,087,739.85 for textbooks for primary schools, $33,805,971 for textbooks for secondary schools and $5,134,902.25 for special schools;
2014 — $41,231,337.94 spent: $28,020,590.99 on textbooks for primary schools, $10,334,141.95 on textbooks for secondary schools and $2,876,605 for special schools.