Smart na­tion

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Save­naca Vakali­waliwa , Delta, BC, Canada

The Fi­jiFirst Gov­ern­ment wanted Fiji to be a smart na­tion and the re­cent an­nounce­ment by the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion for the in­tro­duc­tion of elec­tronic tablets in schools next year (FS 7/9) means we are re­ally se­ri­ous in our ven­ture to be smart and be on par with the world.

Stu­dents who do not have elec­tric­ity will miss out but the ma­jor­ity will have an ad­van­tage as all the text­books, notes, as­sign­ments, teacher’s in­struc­tions etc could be ac­cessed on the tablet. Peo­ple will re­spond say­ing on one hand stu­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to read books and now, for­get the books, just stay glued and read it on your tablet. How many of us are get­ting sore eyes from watch­ing and read­ing the screen of our com­put­ers for a long pe­riod of time? How many par­ents and guardians are cur­rently hav­ing prob­lems with the con­cen­tra­tion lev­els of their chil­dren as they seem to have their eyes glued to their mo­bile phones? What is the cost to the stu­dent to main­tain the tablet ev­ery month in top ups, and re­place­ment if it is lost or stolen?

What guar­an­tee is there that this elec­tronic tablet will be strictly con­trolled and blocked from ac­cess­ing un­suit­able sites?

It is good that the in­cen­tive will start with Year 12 and 13 stu­dents next year and we will ac­tu­ally know by then, if the tablet is an as­set or a curse for some fam­i­lies.

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