Secondary schools on island will soon be presented with tablets as promised by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit during the 2014 general election campaign. However, for now, the “proper mechanism” is being discussed to have them delivered.
“Both the staff of the Ministry of Information Technology and the Ministry of Education, they have begun discussions so as to put the structure mechanism in place for the delivery of the tablets,” Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunication and Technology, Kelver Darroux, said.
He said this is being done to ensure “the smooth delivery” of the promised devices.
Skerrit told supporters of The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) during its manifesto launch on November 13 at Trafalgar, that the government of Venezuela has made a commitment to provide the DLP with 7,500 tablets for the new school year.
According to him, the tablets will be distributed to all secondary and college students on island.
The announcement has been criticized as nothing more than an empty campaign promise.
But Darroux said, “this is a commitment that the government has made and we will keep this promise.”
He did not give an exact time frame as to when the tablets will be delivered.
Darroux also pointed out that the government has a plan in place to ensure that there is broadband access in all secondary schools on the island.
He said the government has already established broadband access at the Dominica State College (DSC) and continues to invest heavily to ensure that all secondary schools, “will have access that will allow for the better usage of the tablets when they have been delivered…”
Meanwhile, he said, legislation will be put in place to guide the proper use of information technology.
“One of the areas we will also be looking at, down the line, as the government moves forward is to ensure that we continue to look at the legislation to guide the proper use of information technology in this country, as well as to safeguard our citizens whom may be particularly vulnerable to the individuals who may try to use the technology to destroy or to invade people’s privacy,” Darroux explained. “This is one of the key areas that we have to look at as the government to ensure that we have the proper legislation in place.”
“Not only it can be informatively used as a learning tool, but what we have found out is that it can also be destructive. ….and we continue to encourage particularly our students and our young people to use information technology as a learning tool and a tool to advance themselves and to avoid all destructive use of technology,” Darroux said.
According to Darroux, government remains committed to the task and “will continue to work with all sectors to ensure that not only our students and schools benefit, but Dominica on a whole because Information Technology has to play a very pivotal role in ensuring that our country can move forward.”
Dominica News Online (DNO) has learnt that the tablets are already on island.