Education Ministry Gets 40 Photocopy Machines from PBS Jamaica

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (second left), observes as Senior Accounting Manager, Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Jamaica, Gregory Douet (right), demonstrates how to use the Xerox ColorQube 9303 photocopy machine, during a handing-over ceremony at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Tuesday (August 20). Looking on (from left) are: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Elaine Foster Allen; Managing Director, PBS, Melanie Subratie; and Operations Manager, PBS, Paul Reid.

Story Highlights

  • Copy machines to be distributed to 40 primary and all-age schools across the island
  • It will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools
  • Users will have the benefit of one multi-functional device

The Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Jamaica has donated 40 Xerox ColorQube 9303 photocopy machines, valued at $15 million, to the Ministry of Education for distribution to some 40 primary and all-age schools across the island.

Speaking at the  handing-over ceremony at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Offices in Kingston on August 20, Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools.

“There is no way that the schools or the Ministry of Education could have purchased this equipment and, therefore, we are very grateful to you,” he said.

The Minister noted that this is the kind of partnership that is needed in education. “I believe that the indirect output of your donation will be for better educated students, more efficient schools, and therefore, hopefully, better trained employees and better customers for your company,” he said.

“I want you to appreciate what a difference this is going to make to the schools. (These are) schools largely with extensive student bodies of over 1,000, and in most some cases, over 2,000 students,” Rev. Thwaites informed.

Making the presentation, Managing Director, PBS, Melanie Subratie, said the company was pleased to be making a contribution to the development of the country’s education sector.

Ms. Subratie informed that the multi-functional devices were designed by a team of engineers, led by Jamaica-born Dr. Antonio Williams, who currently serves as Research lab Manager of the Making Elements and Integration Laboratory at Xerox in the US.

For his part, Operations Manager, PBS, Paul Reid, said the top of the line equipment will significantly enhance the efficiency, productivity and workflow of schools as it relates to document creation, sharing, reproduction and archiving. “Gone are the days when you have four or five devices doing all of those functions,” he pointed out.

He noted that users will have the benefit of cutting edge technology to print, scan, fax, email and archive documents, from one multi-functional device in colour or black and white.

“Right from the panel, this solution allows you, on a network, to print, copy, scan, and fax in colour at the lowest possible price available in the world, because it eliminates 75 per cent of the traditional consumables used in xerography by using only one item,” Mr. Reid said. He noted that the copiers can print from 45 to 90 pages per minute.

Mr. Reid also informed that PBS will be providing maintenance and support to all the schools that will receive a device.

PBS Jamaica is an associate company of Musson Jamaica Limited and is part of the PBS Group of companies, distributors of Xerox, Cisco and Oracle products across the Caribbean and Central America.

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