Internet access points for St Ann communities
Julian Robinson, the state minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, last week announced that work is advanced to establish 18 Internet community access points in St Ann.
"Very shortly you will have a total of 22 community access points. You will have computers that you as students, as well as the general public, can access and use for productive means," the minister said.
He was speaking at an awards ceremony for top Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students, organised by Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners, at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa, in Runaway Bay, St Ann on Thursday.
"The Government is also building out an islandwide broadband network that will allow you access to high-speed Internet. We don't want to just have the community centres with computer labs alone and you can't access the Internet, so we are ensuring that at critical points at our schools, at our libraries and in our post offices, that you have access to high-speed Internet," Robinson said.
Internet community access point sites are located at the St Ann's Bay and Runaway Bay Parish Libraries; the Steer Town Junior High School, and the Ocho Rios, St Ann's Bay, Runaway Bay and Discovery Bay post offices.
"These are sites where our islandwide broadband network has already reached. The significance of this is at these sites, there are facilities that will allow everyone to use the computers to find opportunities for business and education," Robinson said.
In the meanwhile, Robinson encouraged the GSAT students to make the most of the support being given by the bauxite company, and urged them to become rounded students with integrity.
"It is important that you participate in sporting activities, cultural activities, and community service, because you will have a greater appreciation of the society around you, and you will become a better team player," he added.