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Thwaites appeals for Internet access for rural students

Published: Friday January 3, 2014 | 11:55 am Comments 0
Ronald Thwaites – File
Ronald Thwaites – File

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, is challenging local Internet service providers to expand their reach, especially across rural Jamaica.


He says this will allow more students to benefit from online learning programmes.

Thwaites says the more than 1,100 public schools should be able to access the Internet by 2015.

The Education Minister says he will be meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Technology, to find out the progress of the E-learning programme and the roll out of the pilot.

Thwaites made the comments at yesterday's official launch of the Caribbean Virtual Academy in Kingston.

A virtual learning platform accessed through the website CaribbeanExams.com, is geared at providing online tutoring and exam preparation assistance to high school students.

The aim is to help students in Jamaica and across the region achieve greater success at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination levels.

Thwaites said the expectation is that the programme will result in significant improvement in student achievement, and provide employment opportunities for local teachers.

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