Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has handed over 40 tablet computers to support virtual learning for students in East Kingston and Port Royal.
He stated that the 40 devices will assist students in connecting virtually to the classroom. The Prime Minister noted that the devices to the East Kingston and Port Royal students, were a donation from several companies and individuals overseas, through the effort of the Consul General of New York, Alsion Roach Wilson, and her team along with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
While a printer was donated through his Positive Jamaica Foundation. He said that the donation is to enable the school to meet the increased need for printing materials to support learning.
The devices were presented to Member of Parliament for the constituency, Phillip Paulwell, while on a visit to the Windward Road Primary and Junior High School vaccination site in East Kingston on Wednesday, September 15.
The Prime Minister noted that the presentation of the tablets is to aid in the Government’s efforts to provide students with devices to access online learning.
“The Government of Jamaica estimated that we would need to supply over 250,000 students with devices to enable them to connect online. There are several modalities through which this is being done. We would have assisted through the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), Own Your Own Device, and the One Laptop or Tablet Per Child initiative,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Mr. Paulwell stated that the tablets for the students will enable more productivity than before, especially in this day and age of online classes. Principal of Windward Road Primary and Junior High School, Noel Pennant, said that the devices and the multifunctional printer will be of great assistance to the students and teachers.