Gov’t to expand laptop per child programme

Gov’t to expand laptop per child programme

PRESS RELEASE- The Government of Saint Lucia has announced the expansion of the “One Laptop per Child” Programme to include students who will be entering Form three in September 2014.

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.

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  1. If our local firms had better prices and expertise the government would not have to resort to the Trinis. Do your homework, everyone bids on a leveled playing field, it's not preference.

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  2. We are indeed going through hard times in this country, and one thing I know for sure is that regardless of who comes in office to govern the country things are not going to get better. We are not the only ones going through tough economic times...the whole world is going through it. Another thing I know is that education and knowledge is the greatest avenue out of poverty. I am not a big fan of this government - I have never voted for them - but I support this laptop project 100%. Get with the times people...IT and technology have changed the way we do everything...from everyday communication to cashing at the supermarket. Our children need to be equipped and prepared for the future. I work and study online like many other people...we dont have to give up our jobs to sit in a classroom then drop out because things rough and we cant afford to pay the courses. Nowadays to get a good education you have to be academically and technically inclined...to get a good job you have to be academically and/or technically inclined or both. So many parents are grateful for a free laptop, cause they would not have been able to afford one otherwise, but there are still the selected few who criticize even the very thing that might be of paramount importance to help shape their future for the better. You just cant please Lucians eh. Educate yourselves so you can invest in your country to create employment for your fellow citizens, stop waiting on the government to do it all.

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  3. Hmmm where are we heading? I've worked for st. Lucia for over 30 years am under 50 years old have 5 children two of which are at Secondary Schools, was left with a mortgage to pay which even if I work until I'm 60 years old will not be paid in full! Over the last Four years I'v had to cut off my internet, cable and landline telephone, stop shopping at the Supermarket, return a tv to Court. I have an increase of food, bus and insurance which I must have to cover the mortgage, had a house tax placed on my home which is ridiculous as the house isn't worth what the Inland Revenue is claiming, and I've learnt to live on the $300.00 left on my account at the end of every month! Now I have to deal with a further 5% deduction on my salary... I might as well throw in the towel, cause I can't see how I'll feed my children from month to month let alone buy clothes and books for them to go to school!! Do politicians really think of the citizens of this country when they make their pronouncements? I wonder! Help needed ASAP!

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  4. Can the Prime Minister tell us who are the owners of the Trinidian computer company? Lucians watch ur bread the PM and his wife is bleeding the country of it's revenue. Did you know about the Plaza in Trinidad smh and they want civil servants to pay more to eat....

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  5. He has removed VAT on medicine. Now can we count on him to do the following (all of which are contributing significant to the country’s financial woes):
    • Lead by example, start with a minimum of a 10% salary cut for Government Ministers
    • Reduce on the size of the Cabinet of Ministers
    • STOP the First Class travel by Government Ministers
    • STOP the Financing of Constituency Offices by government
    • Reduce, with urgency, the staff complement of the Overseas Missions
    • Recall the duty fee concessions on vechicles for high ranking public servants
    • Stop the overindulgence, by the cabinet of ministers
    • Remove all allowances paid to higher ranking public servants and government ministers
    • Recall all the government paid cell phones, being assigned to all and sundry (including to the Drivers of Government Ministers)
    • Recall the assignment of government paid cell phones to high ranking public servants (including government ministers) who are already getting a monthly telephone allowance
    • Stop the use of government vehicles assigned exclusively to Government Ministers
    • Let Ava Baptiste know that St Lucia should not continue to be a place where he drops in every now and then. Wonder which are the countries across the globe, that he has not visited
    • Get rid of the unwanted/unnecessary consultants. Shelton Daniel is an insult to the intelligence of the average Saint Lucian
    • Increase Tax on cigarettes, and alcohol and the tourism sector and let us see just how serious Kenny is
    • STOP the appointment of new Permanent Secretaries in the public service
    • STOP the ill advised Lop Top project to school children. Hungry bellies, empty school and lunch bags, but laptops for one and all
    • Devise a prober system to provide school books and other supplies to children in need. Get rid of the scam that is the current school book subsidy.
    • And I must repeat, as this one cannot be overemphasis. STOP the wastage that is the operation of these overseas missions. Send Tricky and Shazie back home. Tax payers should not be paying them back for their perceived contribution to the Labour Pary’s 2011 victory. What can Tricky possibly be contributing to the Canadian Mission? How long can we be expected to pay for Menissa Rambally to continue to enjoy, according to her, “the journey that she is currently on”?

    etc, etc, etc.

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  6. That evaluation report do not sound professional. Who will say anything bad about students being given laptops. Parents, Teachers and students? The real evaluation report will be the CXC results. I will accept nothing less than the present best achievement. Remember when St Lucia had the best result in the OECS under Mr Arsene James as Min Of Education and they reported to the CXC that the student may have copied?

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  7. This government has a lot of cons but this is a pro, so I say bravo. The children are our future, equip them today, to face a challenging tomorrow. Perhaps they can extend it to form one soon.

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    • Son of Helen, I would be very pleased if providing the students the laptops meant that all their text books will be in less expensive electronic form so that there would be no need to purchase text books. Until then, ensuring that all students have access to computers at school through computer labs and community IT labs will work just as well

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