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Government to sign contracts for school tablet content

Published:Tuesday | November 11, 2014 | 11:10 AM
In 2013 file photoStudent Dujan Brown holds a tablet computer distributed to his school by Digicel Jamaica.

The government is on Wednesday to sign contracts valuing $70 million for the provision of e-books for the tablet computers that are currently being rolled out in several schools across the island.



Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell says the move is expected to help reduce the amount of money spent by parents on textbooks for children.



He says contracts are also to be signed with local content providers with useful applications which are to be placed on the tablets.



The one-year Tablet in Schools pilot project is being carried out in 38 educational institutions across the island.



Some 24,000 students and 1,200 teachers are to benefit from the pilot.



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