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  • Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is again warning persons not to steal the computer tablets that are being provided to students as part of the Government’s $1.4 billion Tablets in School Pilot project.
  • He made the call on Wednesday, November 12, while revealing that a device, which was recently stolen, has been recovered.
  • The Minister was speaking at a contract signing ceremony for e-resources held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) building in New Kingston.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is again warning persons not to steal the computer tablets that are being provided to students as part of the Government’s $1.4 billion Tablets in School Pilot project.

He made the call on Wednesday, November 12, while revealing that a device, which was recently stolen, has been recovered.

“These tablets have special features so we can track them once they are turned on. If you steal them, we are going to find you and we can also disable them so they are of no use to anybody, who is not legitimately authorized to use them,” he said.

The Minister was speaking at a contract signing ceremony for e-resources held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) building in New Kingston.

The Tablets in Schools pilot programme, being implemented by E-Learning Jamaica Limited, is benefiting 24,000 students in 38 educational institutions including 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.

It involves the distribution of computers and multimedia devices, including interactive white-boards/projectors, scanners and printers to pre-primary and primary schools. It also involves the installation of Wi-Fi at the 38 targeted educational institutions.

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

The Tablets in Schools Pilot project aims to: provide teachers and students with appropriate tablets and build competence in their use; support research by students and teachers; increase homework completion rates and increase interest in school; increase willingness to read for leisure; and ensure that teachers have the skills to facilitate learners accessing online resources.

During the ceremony, contracts valued at $76 million were signed with several local and overseas publishers for the supply of additional content to be uploaded on the tablets.

 

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