Smart phones to replace textbooks: Reddy
Students will no longer carry their textbooks to school as Government plans to supply smart phones to all students in the near future. The development was revealed by Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy. He was addressing more than 500 students and members of the public during the launching of the National Library Week in Labasa on Saturday, Mr Reddy said this was in their attempt to blend learning into what has been termed as the advanced technological era which the global community is encountering. “At some point in time we want every child in the country to have a smart phone, so that we put a lot of applications which you log onto and download all materials that you want to have access to including all your textbooks,” Mr Reddy said. “We want you to access your textbook through the learning gadget in your hand, so you do not have to take your bagful of textbooks every day.” Mr Reddy said it was important to be on par with the rest of the world.
“I have in my little gadget, BCC and CNN. Every two to three hours, I open it and read what is happening around the world,” he said.
“I like to keep myself abreast with the world, and it is amazing to see how we can update ourselves with Fiji, the region and world through a little application. “The Ministry of Education in this accord understands that empowering education in all sectors of the community will lead to a peaceful, prosperous and vibrant united Fiji.”