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  • A sum of $700 million has been allocated in the 2016/2017 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House, to continue the utilisation of tablet computers to increase learning opportunities for students.
  • An additional 25 institutions are to benefit from the extension of the project, which will test other tablet environments, such as Microsoft, Apple and Google.
  • Funding for the project is being provided by the Universal Service Fund, which secures its money from the levy placed on telephone calls. The implementing agency is the e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited.

A sum of $700 million has been allocated in the 2016/2017 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House, to continue the utilisation of tablet computers to increase learning opportunities for students.

Initially, the pilot project provided android tablet devices to students and teachers in 38 institutions, free of cost.

An additional 25 institutions are to benefit from the extension of the project, which will test other tablet environments, such as Microsoft, Apple and Google.

Approximately 17,920 tablet devices are expected to be distributed with 16,820 to students and 1,100 to teachers.

The project is expected to continue teacher training in technology integration, continue the provision of other supporting technologies to institutions that were not in the High School project and continue the implementation of a comprehensive public education programme.

Funding for the project is being provided by the Universal Service Fund, which secures its money from the levy placed on telephone calls. The implementing agency is the e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited.