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Tablets in Schools gets funding

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2013 | 12:00 AM

THE PILOT phase of the Tablets in Schools project has been funded to the tune of nearly $1.5 billion from the Universal Service Fund.

The project is intended to increase the use of technology to optimise students' learning opportunities.

Minister with responsibility for information Sandrea Falconer said 25,000 tablet computers would be provided for students and teachers in 39 institutions during the pilot phase.

Speaking yesterday at the weekly Jamaica House media briefing, Falconer pointed out that a number of institutions at the pre-primary, primary and secondary levels, as well as at the teacher education training colleges, would benefit.

Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell, who first announced the project, had said the computers would come preloaded with age-appropriate applications and games, approved textbooks and software for students up to grade 12.