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  • Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the Government is ensuring that students, provided with computer tablets, can access appropriate educational content.
  • He said there are certain sites that have been blocked and applications have to be pre-approved “before we expose the youngsters.”
  • He informed that a system is in place, which monitors “every single site that the students go on.”

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the Government is ensuring that students, provided with computer tablets, can access appropriate educational content.

The Minister was responding to questions during an Information Security Management System (ISMS) workshop on Monday, November 10, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

He said there are certain sites that have been blocked and applications have to be pre-approved “before we expose the youngsters.”

He informed that a system is in place, which monitors “every single site that the students go on.”

“So, whatever sites they are prevailing on, we know and in that way, we are able to provide some level of censorship and guidance,” he said.

The distribution of computer tablets comes under the Government’s $1.4 billion Tablets in Schools pilot programme.

The one-year pilot is being carried out in 38 educational institutions to benefit 24,000 students and 1,200 teachers in six pre-primary, 13 primary, five all age and junior high, and 12 high schools; one teacher’s college; and one special education institution.

Being implemented by E-Learning Jamaica Limited, the initiative also involves the distribution of computers and multimedia devices, including interactive white-boards/projectors, scanners and printers to pre-primary and primary schools. This is in addition to the installation of Wi-Fi at all 38 educational institutions.

Following a review of the pilot, the programme will be fully implemented across the island, to benefit 600,000 students and teachers.