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.