Smart phones to re­place text­books: Reddy

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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.”

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