The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will begin the distribution of 40,000 tablets to students on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) on October 2.
Making the disclosure during Tuesday’s (September 29) sitting of the House of Representatives, portfolio Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, said that the devices will be distributed by e-Learning Jamaica (e-LJam) and will be targeted at students in grades four to six.
She noted that additional devices will be procured and distributed to augment the 18,000 tablets and approximately 12,000 desktop computers already in the school system.
Ms. Williams indicated that public high schools have already been provided with funding to purchase laptops for students at grades 10 to 13 who are on PATH and for other vulnerable students as identified.
She noted that e-LJam will be working with the high schools to support the procurement of the laptops.
Mrs. Williams told the House that e-LJam has completed the distribution of tablets to teachers under the Tablets for Teachers programme.
“Those teachers who have not yet received devices, based on the time they were employed will be dealt with as of the month of October,” she said.