Tablets finally arrive in schools

September 16, 2014 3:21 PM

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The long-awaited Tablet in Schools Programme finally got underway last Thursday.

This as Science and Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell and Education Minister Ronald Thwaites presented the first set of tablets to Owen Barnswell and Charmaine Langley at the Salt Savannah Primary School in Rocky Point, Clarendon.

"There no reason why our children in Salt Savannah should be worse off than students in Japan, Australia, the United States or South Korea, and what we are doing today is to give you the latest in technology that other students have access to," Paulwell said.

The minister said while the new technology will significantly improve the students numeracy and literacy averages, the devices will do a lot more for them, including exposing them to their community and later allows them to make money through innovation.

He said the pilot programme will be observed over a one-year period and analyse to see how the children and teachers interact with the technology for the programme to have an islandwide roll-out to every single student in the island.

Thwaites insisted that schools elsewhere could have been chosen for the tablet distribution, but Salt Savannah was selected to give it a chance to improve its numeracy and literacy averages.

The presentation was described by parents as one the best opportunites for their children's educational development.

Source: jamaica-star.com

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