The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is acquiring nearly five thousand (5,000) computers for schools at the same time as it pushes for adequate internet access to all schools.
The Ministry says it is continuing to work with e-Learning Jamaica Company and the Universal Service Fund (USF), through the Tablets in Schools Programme, to ensure adequate Internet access to all schools. In addition, it has its own technology budget under which it is acquiring computers, according to Minister of State in the Ministry, Floyd Green.
He was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 20.
“The audit has been completed re access to Internet, and steps are now being taken to support those schools that currently do not have any connectivity. The procurement is currently being undertaken for small internal servers to be provided with the materials that our students will need in the interim,” Mr Green said.
Mr. Green noted that the Ministry is working with e-Learning Jamaica to procure computers to upgrade the stock in schools as well as the related equipment.
He informed that a total of $150 million provided by the USF is being used to procure over 1,000 computers and related equipment.
“The procurement is 95 per cent completed. It is expected that the computers and related equipment will be in schools for January 2019. The Ministry now has a technology budget, and over 4,000 computers are also being procured to increase the number currently in our schools. This is also being facilitated in partnership with the Overseas Examinations Commission,” the State Minister said.