Na­tional do­nates 50 tablets to ter­tiary stu­dents

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Sev­eral stu­dents have re­ceived elec­tronic tablets as a do­na­tion to con­tinue their on­line ed­u­ca­tion dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic. The Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany gave a helping hand through The Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies De­vel­op­ment and En­dow­ment Fund (UWIDEF) by of­fer­ing 50 tablets to ter­tiary stu­dents to sup­port the tran­si­tion to on­line learn­ing.

With the do­na­tions, these stu­dents will get the chance to log on to the dis­tance-learn­ing pro­grammes and new on­line class schedules now of­fered by the uni­ver­sity.

Ge­or­gia Houston, a grad­u­ate stu­dent from St Cather­ine study­ing in­ter­na­tional public and de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment, is among the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The mother of three found it ex­tremely bur­den­some to not only home­school her chil­dren, but to bal­ance work­ing from home while com­plet­ing her grad­u­ate de­gree on­line without an ap­pro­pri­ate de­vice.


“When I heard that I would re­ceive a tablet it was a re­lief be­cause I pur­chased a Chrome­book for one of my chil­dren as the high school she attends re­quires it, so I couldn’t have made that kind of in­vest­ment twice. I can’t share it with her be­cause when she’s not at­tend­ing on­line classes, she still has as­sign­ments to com­plete out­side of school hours,” she said.

In ex­press­ing her grat­i­tude, Houston said she is thank­ful to Na­tional and the UWIDEF. “The tablet has pro­vided me with ac­cess to my lec­tures, so I can fin­ish my last two cour­ses and my fi­nal re­search pa­per.”

Another stu­dent who faced chal­lenges with on­line learn­ing is SeanMichae­l Bar­nett, a first-year med­i­cal sciences stu­dent.

“It was quite chal­leng­ing be­cause I only had my phone, so I couldn’t mul­ti­task or in­ter­act with my lec­turer prop­erly be­cause my phone doesn’t have a large key­board like a com­puter or tablet; it made it dif­fi­cult to tran­si­tion to on­line school. Another is­sue I had was down­load­ing lec­tures us­ing my phone. So now, with the tablet, I’m able to have much more stor­age space to down­load and store a full load of ma­te­ri­als.”

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