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Opposition wants probe into Tablets in Schools project

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 1:56 PM

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party says it has written to the Auditor General’s Department requesting an audit of the government's Tablets in Schools Pilot Project.

Spokesperson for ICT and Digital Development, Dr Andrew Wheatley and Spokesperson on Education, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, say there are several concerns regarding the manner in which the billion-dollar project was implemented.

According to them, no feasibility study was conducted prior to the project, and to this date, neither the Parliament nor the public have been told of any targets, key performance indicators or monitoring frameworks which have been implemented.

They further say there are concerns about poor security features, inadequate monitoring, poor training of teachers, among other issues.

The Opposition Spokespersons say that the people of Jamaica are entitled to know whether the project is being run properly and if tax payers are getting value for money.

The billion-dollar Tablets in Schools Pilot Project, which saw the distribution of 25,000 tablet computers to primary and high schools across the island, was introduced in September 2014.