SOME STAKEHOLDERS in the education system have welcomed Energy Minister Philip Paulwell's announcement that materials from textbooks are to be installed on tablet computers.
President of the National Parent-Teacher Association (NPTA), Everton Hannam, said the change is inevitable, noting that he supports initiatives, which include technology.
"We welcome any move that will give our students a competitive edge globally, because at the end of the day, when our students go abroad to study, especially in the developed countries, this is what they will have to operate with, so I see this as a bonus for education," he said.
"Who knew we would stop using floppy disks? he asked. "And so what I am saying is that, as a country, we just have to be in the state of mind of change because with heightened technology, things can't remain the same," he said.
Hannam, however, urged policymakers to ensure that the implementation is efficient.
"We just have to ensure that initiatives like these are implemented smoothly, and I assume the process is ongoing, so once it is organised, we welcome the move," he said.
Likewise, Ingrid Riley, tech entrepreneur, lauded the initiative.
"I am elated by this move. This is where the world is going, so it behoves us to get with the times," Riley said.
She added: "When I see the schoolchildren with the heavy books sometimes, I am appalled, so this will do a whole lot in cutting cost, while providing convenience and efficiency."