Gov­ern­ment boost­ing In­ter­net ac­cess in schools

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR -

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ruel Reid has an­nounced plans by the Min­istry to boost In­ter­net ac­cess in pri­mary schools and early-child­hood in­sti­tu­tions.

This, he notes, will serve to en­hance the scope of ed­u­ca­tion through greater in­te­gra­tion of tech­no­log­i­cal strate­gies in the class­rooms.

“All high schools al­ready have com­puter labs and ac­cess to In­ter­net, gen­er­ally... but not all our pri­mary schools and not all our early-child­hood in­sti­tu­tions do. So we now have a task to make sure in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) is uni­ver­sally ac­ces­si­ble,” he said.

Not­ing that ICT re­mains a key and pow­er­ful driver for en­hanc­ing Ja­maica’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, Reid said the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor must be­come an ex­em­plar in the use of tech­no­log­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We are mov­ing to on­line learn­ing ... flip­ping the class­room. So, again, both teach­ers and stu­dents will now have to be­gin to recog­nise that ICT is now go­ing to be a mo­dal­ity of the de­liv­ery of con­tent, in the teach­ing and learn­ing process ... and ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

Reid said the Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to ex­pand the roll-out and util­i­sa­tion of ICT across the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, to fur­ther strengthen its ef­fec­tive­ness.

Den­nis Har­ris (left), man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Uni­comer Ja­maica Lim­ited, and Car­ren Royal (sec­ond left), ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant, Uni­comer Ja­maica Lim­ited, are in a lively dis­cus­sion with Delores Bai­ley, house man­ager, The Wort­ley Home, as Raphael Sang­ster, chair­man, The Wort­ley Home, gets fa­mil­iar with the newly do­nated fur­ni­ture, elec­tron­ics, and ap­pli­ance items.

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