Promised tablets coming in new school year says Saint Jean

PM Skerrit and Kelvar Darroux showing tablets at a DLP rally last year
PM Skerrit and Kelvar Darroux showing tablets at a DLP rally last year

Minister of Education, Petter Saint Jean has revealed that students will receive tablets promised by the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) “in the new school year.”

Saint Jean made that announcement on Monday as a guest on the state-own DBS Radio’s ‘Talking Point’ Program.

He said “critical issues” have to be considered before the tablets are delivered.

According to him, in the initial phase, secondary schools and Dominica State College (DSC) students will first receive the tablets.

“These students will receive their tablets, again I say, in the new school year,” Saint Jean said. “We will deliver; they will receive those tablets in the new school year.”

He did not disclose the conditions of the tablets, however he noted that there are issues that “had to be addressed before we could go into a school…”

“And of course, critically getting everybody to use these pieces and develop the infrastructure and ensure connectivity, so these are some of the issues that we had,” Saint Jean noted. “So when you hear people running their mouths out there, there are critical factors that must be taken into consideration before we deliver.”

The tablets stemmed from a general election promise last year by the DLP. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said about 7,500 tables would be made available to students by January of this year.

In January, Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunication and Technology, Kelver Darroux said that the “proper mechanism” was being discussed to have the tablets delivered.

In March, St Jean responded to media questions saying the process for delivery was well underway.

The promise of the tablets has been the subject of numerous jokes on social media, while others have dismissed it as just a political gimmick.

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59 Comments

  1. Maddie
    June 17, 2015

    St.Jean where should I pick up my child’s own? At your church in La Plaine or at your doorsteps or at the Sari-Sari Falls?

    OMG- stop that brother St. Jean!!!

  2. Zammy
    June 16, 2015

    Mr minister stop talking non =sense in the people head. It’s shameful that you guys used cheap politics in order to win election. From day one; all these promises were words of comfort to a fool. Stop taking Dominicans for fools. The only tablet the will get is coconut tablet, panadol; paracetamol, skerritamol; austrivil; petterol; binbobol, corruptionadol n clothes with no pockets cause everybody suffering. You know de popular phrase now: boy de country hard weeee.
    Guess they are remembering the satirical piece in calypso land: de country nice boyyyy. ..de country nice.
    God knows , not a power mint Dominicans getting, so let the wait for lord st Jean n skerrit to give them tablet after so sI so so long after election. This kelva Darroux holding tablet is a goood actor. They planned the move. Jus a kabal of liars… protect our people from these lies…

  3. tie
    June 16, 2015

    They know how to send out big announcement about tablet but not about payment due for the loans outstanding at different financial institutions, public works dept or private business……what a shame!!!

    They are not discussing why every year text book are being changed to new editions.

    What happened to the priority?

    More technology in children hands is more problem.

  4. Coconut Cheese
    June 16, 2015

    Two Weekes ago they announce a new coconut rehabilitation program and Peta already projecting tablets at the beginning of the school year.

  5. Commentry
    June 16, 2015

    WHosssssssssssss…loook story. i guess is a slow news day in DNO land. :mrgreen: :twisted:

  6. Tampa
    June 16, 2015

    Mr. St. jeans states -“So when you hear people running their mouths out there, there are critical factors that must be taken into consideration before we deliver.”
    So, Mr. St.Jean when you and the DLP ran your mouth and promised students tablets and even displayed it on the platform was it that you guys were just “running your mouths”? You and the rest of the cabal must stop insulting the intelligence of Dominicans. Your logic and arguments make you look and sound very incompetent and lacking of knowledge as to what goes into making what you promised a reality. Why can’t you be honest with the people and admit that this was an election gimmick that you are now trying to make a reality and having difficulties with it. Given that you are a man of the gospel don’t you think that it would be best to be honest with the people?

  7. NKRUMAH KWAME
    June 16, 2015

    This is the issue with this govt: they are exceedingly POOR planners. Seems they did not know that processes had to be put in place to have stated they would be available in January 2015.

  8. Intoxi
    June 16, 2015

    Even if the tablets come today or tomorrow it really do not matter, Dominican have to accept that they were fooled once again, and it really do not matter to many how much they are lied, Some people just have no direction in life they will have people lie steal from them once they are getting just a little for one day,.
    How is this tablet thing going work if ever it comes. Students of the school year 2014- 2016 is going to have tablets but every year there are new students entering school I guess those new students don’t need tablets too, this thing is just badly planned and will be badly executed as well

  9. Dominic
    June 16, 2015

    all of them minister have bin slave by skerrit so if he say jump they will jump skerrit is a one man party I belivethat tablet will b giving in the year 20 20

  10. faceup
    June 16, 2015

    OH LAAAA????? :lol:

  11. June 16, 2015

    Why should the people believe you now ? You said as of January 2015 at the campaigns having a tablet in the air as a sample , January long passed , no tablet , St Jean stuck on a question as to date of distribution and whether it would happen this year , all of a sudden he coming back up moo-moo talking again . Stop taking our children for fools , they know you all are jokers and off course don’t expect you all to do anything you promise . and learn ministers , if you are to promise , promise without a date , so no one will hold you accountable when date pass .

  12. Dominican
    June 16, 2015

    CHOOOPS>>>!

  13. Tjebe fort
    June 16, 2015

    It was the labour party that promised those tablets, so let them for it but you will see that it is govt. all of us that must pay. I don’t mind but dont’ make people believe it is only the labour party. Tablets of stone they will give them like in the old testament.

  14. June 16, 2015

    proper comment yawn i like that

  15. June 16, 2015

    labour die hard ite with fools like you around our country in trouble

  16. June 16, 2015

    MR Saint jean the people who have been running there mouths about the tablet issue was first the prime minister when he said that come January every school child in dominica will get a tablet.And then in january another christopher columbus came on to say that the tablets are in dominica but they are putting the mechanism in place to distribute them and if i remember correctly mr saint jean i stand to be corrected it was you who said that the company who is supplying the tablets seem to be having issues with manufacturing or delivering. my question to you all is what happen to integrity and how can you all stay together and lie to a nation who voted all you so overwhelmingly and none of you are man enough to speak and put the lies in the open?so please christopher columbus and them stop running all you mouth about those tablets when all you have them just deliver them to the yutes

  17. June 16, 2015

    T
    he real facts it is better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth an remove all doubts

    • The Real Facts
      June 16, 2015

      What is your problem? You have your opinion. Others have theirs. You support the opposition and others support the government. All are free to provide their comments.
      You are the fool to consistently criticize the government instead of cooperating and being appreciative.
      It is broadminded and considerate to accord others their rights to comment as you expect others to do likewise. Live by the Golden Rule.
      Some of you will die with a negative mind and go to your judgment in that manner. Would it not be sad? Who would be the fool then and probably forever?

  18. June 16, 2015

    The only issue that needs to be addressed about the delivery of the tablets is the truth needs to be told.I find it rather shameful that big men in position who people look up to can lie so blatantly. can you imagine for one minute a minister of government coming on the radio and saying that the tablet are here on island and that the mechanism for distributing them is being put in place? strangely enough a few week after that minister made this pronouncement it was revealed by another minister that there was a delay in procuring the tablets that was supposed to be on island because there was an issue with the supplier being able to deliver the said devices on time.It’s shameful to see that my country is being governed by a group of men who are no different than Christopher Columbus. Like brother bob marley said playing smart but not being clever. my Aunty use to say that a boaster is a liar and a liar is a thief so i know the type of individuals who run my country. shame shame…

  19. June 16, 2015

    The impatient critics who continue to speak ill of the Supreme Leader and his blessed Labour Party are waiting for the tablets as well. The question is: if you feel so negatively about your Government why are you then so anxious to receive gifts from them? The promised tablets WILL be delivered, yet it is only right that they go to the homes of faithful and loyal Labourites first. Any extras can be given to the critics on the other side so that their conscience can eat away at them every time they open the device that they ridiculed and criticized the great and wonderful Supreme Leader about. The kindness, patience and humility of Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit is indeed Christ-like in nature. He feeds even his enemies. What a great leader!!!

  20. BooHoo
    June 16, 2015

    Alas, some of us doh fraid God. To him who knows and does not………… Go Petter!

    • The Real Facts
      June 16, 2015

      You should make yourself explicit. I do think there are few people, including yourself who are not afraid of God and his just punishment according to their deeds. Do not think you are exempt.

  21. June 15, 2015

    I just hope that this tablets will not end up to be a Cancer gate just like the Kidney Stone gate related to the fake baby milk powder, the poisoned baby milk where ten of thousands of infants felf sick some died after drinking r he tainted contaminated milk which reult in the execution of the persons reponsible for the poisoned milk, if the Chinese can contaminate baby milk for their own, Lord knows what rhey put in them tablets, the fake tablets St Jean and Skerrit planning to give to our Children, over four hundreds infants developed Kidney stones after drinking the poisoned milk, Alord I do hope that these tablets is not the gate to Cancer foe our children in Dominica

    • The Real Facts
      June 16, 2015

      It depends how often they use it. We are also warned of sitting in front of the computer for a prolonged period. We are all guilty of that.

  22. The Real Facts
    June 15, 2015

    The old saying, “Better late than never.” When some of the tablets were manufactured, there could be problems with them. It is better to ensure that they are safe to use and that the students are not able to access certain programs which they should not. The delay is due to precaution and whatever else.
    You critics should be thankful. You never are!
    Your attitude is worthy of being frowned upon and ignored.
    Who do you think God will punish? The critics and ungrateful ones of course.

    • The Real Facts
      June 16, 2015

      I am a confident and realistic person and by no means negative and critical as some of you are, always lambasting the government. How could you live happily and peacefully in this manner? You need a change of heart.
      Anything to do with the government, these non-supporters dislike hearing/reading about it.
      Your thumbs down do not bother me in the least. I am at peace for having stated what I did and fairly.
      You are projecting to some others how foolish you are. I will continue to comment fairly. I can never adopt your bias and unfair attitude for this is not my character.
      Go ahead and continue giving those who support the government thumbs down. Be careful on that inevitable day, all the thumbs down – dislike you give to them unfairly will not condemn you. This is what may be greeting you in eternity – Thumbs Down. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
      Who is happier and peaceful? Figure it out

  23. The UK Contingent
    June 15, 2015

    Eh bien! Just to be safe…let’s not hold our breath!

  24. pallotte
    June 15, 2015

    I wish DNO would make me use the “F” word. Forgive them that is…… :-P

    • The Real Facts
      June 16, 2015

      Why would you want to use such a word on this Website? Because you do not support the government? Control yourself!
      You can use it in your place of residence. Keep it right there. Do not bring it out in society. Those who speak such language are not genuine Christians and genuine ones at that. Furthermore, it is ungentlemanly/unladylike.
      Do not condemn yourself. Do you not know where people who use such a language go to.? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  25. Peter Potter
    June 15, 2015

    In the new school year. 2016, 2017, 2018 which one? I suspect you did not mean 2015? Or did you? Well in this case they would only be 9 month late. Let me tell you something, I believe it when I see them!

  26. Trevor Fabien
    June 15, 2015

    This promise of tablets was made in December and it is June and yet not one tablet in sight. Ok, that’s fine. Now I heard that guy who is exciting as watching paint dry, what’s his name, yes Peter St Jean. If you guys were genuine about whole promise to the poor kids then you would have said that the tablets were going to be delivered in September of 2015 when you announced to cheers and clapping and bells and whistles oh and Beres Hammond :lol: .
    If this is what represents Dominica as a government then this country is doomed. A simple promise to deliver tablets takes the best part of a year.

    Now, can you imagine when they have got to deal with the serious stuff like getting the economy moving? How long is that going to take? I suggest it will be an eternity. It has already been 15 years and counting.
    My man if you cannot deliver tablets you will not be able to deliver the tablets which are needed to give to this country so it can better this bad economy which has got a…

  27. MOTHER
    June 15, 2015

    “And of course, critically getting everybody to use these pieces and develop the infrastructure and ensure connectivity, so these are some of the issues that we had,” Saint Jean noted. “So when you hear people running their mouths out there, there are critical factors that must be taken into consideration before we deliver.”

    WHAT CONNECTIVITY??????? PURE CRAP!! JUST HAND OUT THE TABLETS THE KIDS PARENTS WILL PRIVIDE CONNECTIVITY FROM LIME, DIGI PLAY ETC. YOU GUYS TELLING TOO MUCH LIESSSSS. GIVE THE KIDS THEIR CHINEY CHEAP TABLET LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT WITH IT. FAKE LIARS.

    • June 15, 2015

      The tablets have to be programed just like the computers in the House of Assembly they have to put special codes to be able to bug and monitor our education system and that’s how this administration is setting up our children, it’s a joke and it’s time the people see thru all the excuses that have been toss out by PM and his side kick.

  28. Ideal
    June 15, 2015

    Will be some cheap tablets (Made in china). The school children must be careful they don’t blowup in their
    faces. Lets wait and see if the will come through.

    • hotshots
      June 16, 2015

      The Chinese make good tablets these are from the middle east

  29. labour die hard ite
    June 15, 2015

    Dey running their mouths If they was distrubuted and was havin a lot of technological issues dey would say is old tablet all you keep them to make sure they workin properly they have issues. Take all you time and when they set up they will be delivered.

  30. original hold dem
    June 15, 2015

    an advise to skerrit tablet cabal, JUST DONT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT, TILL IT COME.. I do hope is not tax payers money that going buy it. because it was supposed to come from Venezuela.

  31. AA
    June 15, 2015

    That’s funny….I almost fell over laughing. Seriously…this is still news. THOSE GUYS LIED….lol its over 6 months gsssss

  32. Shameless
    June 15, 2015

    We need to keep pushing them to make sure they live up to the promise. I know Lennox will never stop pushing them to fulfill their promise to the children. In the meantime be prepared for some cheap gadget that can hardly keep an internet connection but half a load will have to do for now. To those who will have left school already without realizing the dream of a DLP Tablet, there is lots of tablet coco around for consolation :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

    The BIG question though is; Who is paying for the tablets? The DLP or the Government of Dominica? Remember this was a DLP pledge and NOT a Government pledge.

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

  33. fantastic4
    June 15, 2015

    “Teacher Percy say if you tell a lie you going to Hell as soon as you die” good old calypso from Lord Nelson – but Skerrit, St. Jean and the others doh care about Hell they continue to tell lie after lie after lie!!!!. Meh myself I fedup with them lie if it come it come if doh come in the next school year remember they doh giving a date this time – well I saying expect the other date to be for Christmas!!!hahaha.

  34. Lang Mama
    June 15, 2015

    All you take note of the tablets in the photos because just like the Morton Hotel that had a Jetty and swimming pool those tablets shown by Kelvar and Skerrit hmm?

  35. Lang Mama
    June 15, 2015

    Peta we run our mouths after you guys did on the political platform and it seems like he who run the mouth last run the mouth the best.
    before you guys went on stage demonstrating how students would walk and hold their Tablets did you take you brains out of your ….. s before making a fool of yourselves.

  36. swagger
    June 15, 2015

    Some old chiney tablet all you goin to get .weak old 40 us dollar tablet. Coshony that slow slow slow. U think mr them goin and buy samsung tablets or other top of the line tablet. Coshony chiney thing mr them going order.

    • Yawn
      June 15, 2015

      Well buy Samsung for your child. I am not a Labourite or whatnot, but a tablet is still a tablet. Please man. At least the kids can use it to do something constructive hopefully and not just on social media wasting their lives away.

      Our people too like to focus on brand and fashion and not utility.

    • Loving your comment
      June 15, 2015

      You are so right, but it might be better than nothing. :lol:

    • joe
      June 15, 2015

      Tablets or no tablets children will still learn they will still do there homework, give the Prime minister a break!!

      • Titiwi
        June 16, 2015

        Joe, no need to give P.M. a break. He is taking his own!

    • June 15, 2015

      Lol I cannot wait since last election he said that lol

  37. too late
    June 15, 2015

    hope those children do use dem under coconut tree :-D

  38. mwen enkor
    June 15, 2015

    Whenever you say a lie, you must remember what you said because the next time when you come with another story, you must be careful you don’t denounce yourself.
    Review the promises made since December 2014.
    The worst part of it is that the blind supporters are drinking the lies like good medicine.

  39. grell
    June 15, 2015

    The jokers,Kelvar JEAN AND Skerrit you guys are just a bad hangover and god will deal with you 3.Keep on abusing you all power,but your days are coming and its coming soon.

    • The Real Facts
      June 15, 2015

      Why did you use God’s name to spew hatred, criticism and insult? It appears you do not know any better. Ignorance is something else.
      You have committed blasphemy. So are your days. You are no exception. Lookout for yourself. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • grell
        June 17, 2015

        go to hell fool i pray everday that god free dominica from these foools,take your lecture to your family,i have all my rights to speak out,keep on praising SKERRIT AS YOUR GOD NOT ME FOOL. :twisted:

  40. s charles
    June 15, 2015

    DNOmust stop putting this as news and just wait until the tablets come, if they come stuppesssss

  41. King Skerrit
    June 15, 2015

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: bonjjjay that is kix with this laba party wooosh

  42. Diva Dee
    June 15, 2015

    That is nice, better late than that big fat lie he told that it was already secured for January 2015.

    • Just Me
      June 15, 2015

      Notice he said “in the new school year” not “at the beginning of the new school year”. The year begin in September; those tablets can come at any time.

    • The Real Facts
      June 15, 2015

      Is there one person who has never told a lie and a big fat one? Are you excluding yourself? Don’t! Examine your conscience. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

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