Dominica’s leader has said that it is his hope that when the promised tablets have been finally delivered to all students, they will be used for educational purposes.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the remarks on State owned DBS radio recently.
“So many of the children asking for tablets,” Skerrit said. “When I give it to you, I hope is for your learning and you are not going to play with it as a toy and have it under your arm under a coconut tree internet surfing and so forth.”
The tablets stemmed from a general election vow that the Prime Minister made to have 7,500 tablets for school children to be delivered to them since January of this year.
In March, Education Minister responded to media questions about the delay by saying , and he responded that the process for delivery is well underway.
This is what he said: As it relates to the tablets, we made a promise to the Dominican public that we would deliver tablets to first of all the secondary and college students,” Saint Jean said. “The process is well underway and in time the tablets will be delivered to every secondary school student and every student of the Dominica State College (DSC). The promise was that it would happen this year and it will happen this year.”
At a Dominica Labour Party rally Skerrit said he his party had “secured a commitment for the purchase of 7,500 tablets for our school children,” he said to thunderous applause. “That is the tablet our children will be receiving that our children will receiving come January 2015 …”
In January the Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunication and Technology, Kelver Darroux said that the “proper mechanism” was being discussed to have them delivered.
He stated that these tablets will be given to all secondary and college students on island but did not state a specific time frame.
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.