Trinidad to partner with St. Lucia to provide laptops for students

Trinidad to partner with St. Lucia to provide laptops for students

Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s brainchild of providing free laptops to secondary school pupils has extended to St Lucia.

Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh announced on Thursday that the People’s Partnership Government will be partnering with the government of St Lucia to provide some 3,300 laptops to secondary school pupils in that country.

He was speaking at the post-Cabinet media conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.

According to Gopeesingh, on October 25, St Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Anthony wrote to Persad-Bissessar seeking to establish a partnership arrangement with her Government for the procurement and delivery of laptops and backpacks for secondary school pupils in his country.

Gopeesingh said that in January this year, St Lucia’s Minister of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, Robert K Lewis, and his team visited this country and got a presentation on the laptop programme and visited several secondary schools.

In light of this, Gopeesingh said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed between both governments in keeping with the T&T Government’s philosophy of engaging fully in the regional integration process.

This Government, he said, will procure the 3,300 laptops and the St Lucia government will reimburse the Government for the expenditure incurred.

He added that as part of the partnership arrangement, this Government will provide the technical assistance needed to train the teachers, curriculum officers and technicians of St Lucia in the implementation and management of the laptop programme.

Since 2010, the People’s Partnership Government has provided free laptops to first form pupils in keeping with its manifesto.

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