The New National Party (NNP) led Administra tion of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says its full steam ahead for tablets distribution to school students.
In his ministerial statements during a recent sitting of the House of Representatives, Minister of State in the Ministry of Works with responsibility for ICT, Alvin Da Breo, informed members that government intends to launch a pilot project with the tablets by September 2014, in time for the new school year.
“We are working on the content for the tablets and we are hoping that very soon maybe we will have a competition so that the schools would tell us why they should be the first to participate in a pilot programme cause we are hoping that by the next school year we would be able to start with that pilot programme”, he said.
The issuing of tablets in schools is expected to replace the existing Free Textbooks Programme implemented by the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of ex-Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.
The textbook programme is expected to be phased out over the next few years by the current leaders.
In the campaign for the February poll, the NNP promised to deliver a free laptop computer to each student if elected into office to replace Congress.
After it won the elections, the party then announced that it would instead be giving tablets instead of laptops.
In the 2013 Budget Presentation, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell announced that the “Textbooks programme” would be scaled down.
Dr. Mitchell said Government will no longer “provide free school books to private schools.” This is already in effect.
The NNP government says that focus will now be shifted from textbooks to tablets over the next few years and as such will place strong emphasis on teacher training in ICT.