Public educational performance in Mozambique is likely to plunge when a change in textbook policy takes hold, the IPA has warned the country’s education minister, who has announced that all secondary school pupils will only have access to one book per subject per year from 2017.

Four Georgian publishers that are facing bankruptcy because of a government scheme to commandeer the textbook market took their case to the European Court of Human Rights, this month, in a last-gasp bid for survival.

Three years after the Kenyan government introduced VAT on books, the country's publishing and bookselling industries – of which educational books represent 85% – have been decimated by the move, according to the Kenyan Publishers Association (KPA).

The use of digital learning materials has great advantages for pupils, because they are better tailored to the individual needs and wishes of the student. As pupils log in and identify themselves on digital learning materials, the teacher has a constant overview of what each pupil has done with the subject matter and what the results are. In this way, the teacher gains a better insight into the development and progress of pupils. For these educational purposes, the personal details of pupils are being processed in digital learning materials.

Canada’s new “fair dealing” guidelines have had significant negative impacts on educational publishing in the country and will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a recent report conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of Access Copyright in Canada.

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