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Government spends $114 million on school tablet content

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 10:06 AM

The Government has spent $114 million for the provision of the content on tablet computers, under the Tablets in Schools pilot programme.

The content is available for Mathematics, English Language, and the Sciences from the lower primary to the secondary level.

The $114 million bill was disclosed by the Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell during a $76 million contract signing ceremony yesterday with members of the local and international publishing industry for the supply of additional electronic content.

In the meantime, Paulwell says although parents will have to buy the tablets after the project is fully rolled out, they will no longer have to buy many traditional books.

There is no charge for the tablets under the one-year pilot phase now underway.

However, Mr. Palwell has said the Government will not be able to provide free tablets for other students and there has to be some element of cost sharing.

He says the Government acknowledges that some children, for example those on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), will not be able to afford it and so special measures will be implemented to assist them.

The Tablets in Schools pilot programme is costing the Government $1.4 billion.


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