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Rio Bueno Primary School gets 150 tablets

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 2:00 AM

The Rio Bueno Primary School in Trelawny received its allotment of tablets under the Government of Jamaica's 'Tablets in Schools' pilot project last week Thursday.

Digicel Business, one of the approved vendors in the E-Learning initiative, handed over a total of 150 tablets to the school, taking to 38, the number of institutions which have received tablets since the project got under way in August 2014.

"The information technology revolution can neutralise the communication and developmental deficiencies that hold our people back," said Phillip Paulwell, minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. "Since education is the greatest liberating force in any society, the full roll-out of this 'Tablets in Schools' programme will place Jamaica's delivery of quality education in league with that of the most developed countries in the world."

Helping students

Principal of the school, Audrey Barrett, believes that the use of the devices will help the institution to create an environment for 'anytime, anywhere' learning. She also said the tablets will help particularly those students who have been struggling with Reading and Mathematics.

"Our staff expects that these devices will not only enhance learning, but allow for the creation of learning opportunities whenever and wherever students are. The whole idea of learning continuing outside the walls of the classroom is going to become a reality here because of those tablets," Barrett said.

"One of the best things about these tablets is that they come equipped with apps that will certainly improve learning, especially for those students that have been struggling. They've already taken on to the tablets so well, so this is definitely a tool that we're going to make work for us here," she added.

Speaking at the official handover ceremony, Digicel Business' head of western sales, Joy Clark, said the tablets would help to prepare students for the future world of work, which she said was constantly evolving.