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Tighter security coming for tablets in schools

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Energy, Science, and Technology is working to strengthen the security of the Tablets in Schools programme before the next phase is rolled out.

Portfolio Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley said the measures include enhancing the capability to track the devices in the event that they are lost or stolen. There will also be improvements in relation to Internet safety in order to prevent access to inappropriate content online.

"We are going to ensure that in very short order we roll out the next phase and ... that the new set of tablets that we will be putting in the hands of our children are so configured that we prevent students from accessing inappropriate material," he said.

Wheatley was speaking following Jamalco's tablets in schools presentation ceremony at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Wednesday.

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He further disclosed that the new board members of e-Learning Jamaica, which is the implementing agency for the Tablets in Schools project, would be announced next week.

He informed that the board would be given certain instructions as it relates to the priorities and the direction the programme should take.

"I am sure that this next phase would have improved on what was learnt from the initial pilot phase," he said.

A review of the $1.4 billion Tablets in Schools programme, which commenced at the start of the 2014-15 academic year, is currently being undertaken and the results are expected to inform the way forward.

The pilot programme targeted the distribution of 25,000 tablet computers to teachers and students in 38 educational institutions islandwide, including early childhood, primary, and secondary schools.