In effect, all students in forms three, four and five in all secondary schools on island, will be equipped with laptops in the new school year.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, says an evaluation of the programme was submitted in the form of a report and this has given insights into the importance and value of the laptops as an education tool. He told the House,
“In March of this year, the Ministry of Education produced an evaluation report of the Schools Laptop Programme. This report indicated that 90 percent of parents, 82 percent of principals, 99 percent of students and 86 percent of the teachers were pleased with the Schools Laptop Programme. Eighty-eight percent of parents and 84 percent of students confirmed that the laptops were being used to complete homework, while 82 percent of principals and 67 percent of teachers indicated that the laptops have helped to improve teaching and education at their school. Ninety-two percent of teachers and 88 percent of students reported being comfortable using the laptops.
The Report also provided some other interesting insights, such as the need for more teacher training to support the use of laptops for instruction, a preference for the pre-installation of more subject-specific software, and the insufficiency of the bandwidth available in the schools.”
In addition to providing laptops to Form Fours, as was done last year, the Government of Saint Lucia will include third formers in the distribution.
Government also plans to significantly increase the bandwidth at all schools during the course of the financial year.