Report on paperless class project
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