The distribution of devices under the Tablets in Schools programme continued on Thursday (Nov.26) in St. Thomas.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams, handed over more than 900 devices for students attending 20 primary schools in the parish, during a ceremony held at Lyssons Primary.
The beneficiary institutions are Morant Bay Primary, 171; Lyssons Primary,151; Port Morant Primary, 105; Duckenfield Primary, 100; Golden Grove Primary and Infant, 89; Airy Castle Primary, 60; Bath Primary, 50; Dalvey Primary and Infant, 36; Wilmington Primary, 31; Spring Garden Primary, 30; Johns Town Primary, 16; Amity Hall Primary, 15; Johnson Mountain Primary,14; Arcadia Primary, 13; Old Pera Primary and Infant, 12; Barking Lodge Primary and Infant, 11; Thornton Primary and Infant, nine; Rowlandsfield Primary and Infant, five; Winchester Primary School, five; and Hayfield Primary and Infant, three.
A total of 40,000 devices are being distributed by the Ministry, through e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited (e-LJam) for students in grades four to six who benefit under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).
Minister Williams, in her remarks at the presentation ceremony, encouraged the students to “travel the world using your device”.
She said it is important that all children are equipped with technology. “Even if we wake up tomorrow morning and we are not in the pandemic anymore and all our students come back to school, technology will remain a permanent part of the education system,” she noted.
“We want Jamaica to be a digital economy. We want it to be knowledge-based where all our citizens have to be involved… . We want all of our citizens to be digitally literate and to move from just being digitally literate to being digitally fluent,” Mrs. Williams added.