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Time to account for school laptop project
Has the Government created incentive programmes for developers to create software, learning tools and digital education systems that would leverage these powerful technology tools into more effective use among the student population? If such projects and products exist, how have they worked in the classroom?
The Government has been very keen to trumpet the milestones it has struck since introducing the laptop distribution programme in 2010. According to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Government will spend $58 million on the laptop distribution to Form One students this year. Minister of Education Tim Gopeesingh confirmed 70,000 laptops have been distributed to secondary school students over the life of the project. Year over year, the government has successfully negotiated incremental reductions in the cost of the laptops, and this year’s purchase was increased by an added 3,300 computers.
The programme is apparently such a peach in the government’s suite of successes that it has extended its laptop distribution largesse to St Lucia, which will get the extra 3,300 units as part of an MOU with the country to bring the technology to Form Four students there. The Ministry of Education, apparently the authoritative regional resource for such projects, will be providing technical support to the island of St Lucia for its own version of the programme.
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