Re­port on pa­per­less class project

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - John R Whit­lock

ON Jan­uary 14, 2015, Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa launched the “pa­per­less class­room project” at Boi­tume­l­ong Sec­ondary School with great fan­fare.

Seven se­lected schools in Gaut­eng were to be used for the pi­lot project.

The launch was at­tended by a num­ber of dig­ni­taries. Pre­mier David Makhura stated that the prov­ince was mov­ing to­wards a “tech­no­log­i­cal shift” and that this would “rev­o­lu­tionise learn­ing”.

Gaut­eng MEC for Ed­u­ca­tion Panyaza Lesufi said: “Ed­u­ca­tion for an African child will never be the same again” and “there will be no dif­fer­ence in ed­u­ca­tion be­tween town­ship schools and other schools”.

Ma­tric pupils at more than 300 schools would re­ceive tablets for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses.

At a cost of R17 bil­lion the GED hoped to roll out the project to all town­ship and ru­ral schools by the end of the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year.

The GED would also roll out pa­per­less class­rooms to Grade 11s in 377 no-fee town­ship schools, and train 3 000 Grade 11 teach­ers. Has this been im­ple­mented?

The GED has spent R200 000 on mi­nor re­pairs, over and above the lost, dam­aged and non-re­turned tablets and stolen smart­boards. The cost in to­tal?

Could Lesufi give an up­date on the ma­tric re­sults of the des­ig­nated schools and on the suc­cess or other­wise of the “pa­per­less class­room project”. Is it still a vi­able propo­si­tion or just pie in the sky? Ger­mis­ton

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