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Gov't close to launching tablets in schools

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2013 | 6:13 PM

Government is now close to launching a pilot project that is to introduce tablet computers in schools across the island.



Addressing 33 JN scholars at the annual reception organized by the Jamaica National Building Society this afternoon at its Half-Way-Tree headquarters in St Andrew, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson says the pilot is on track for launch later this year.



Thirty-seven schools are to be provided with tablet devices under the project, which will engage over 22,500 students. Robinson says more than 700 teachers are being trained under the initiative.



According to the minister, the tablet computers will assist with positioning Jamaican students to explore how they can use technology to improve learning. He says the devices will also assist students to broaden opportunities so that they can effectively compete with people in first world countries.



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