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Libya Minister Arrested Over Lack Of School Textbooks

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Libya’s education minister was arrested on Monday as part of an enquiry into a lack of schoolbooks, the prosecution service said.

Moussa al-Megarief “was placed in preventative detention pending an investigation into (possible) negligence”, it said in a statement.

“The Public Prosecution has launched an enquiry to determine the circumstances around contractual procedures for the printing of textbooks and the reasons for a shortfall,” it said.

A number of other officials are wanted for questioning, including the minister for planning, it added.

Since the times of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libyan authorities have had a budget earmarked to provide free textbooks to each student at the start of the school year in September. Continue Reading

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