Schools encouraged to purchase tablets

Education Minister Premila Kumar with some of the newly inducted prefects of Tilak High School. Picture: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION FIJI

Education Minister Premila Kumar has encouraged schools around the country to start purchasing tablets via the free education grant for students’ academic studies.

She said this when she officiated at the Tilak High School prefects investiture ceremony in Lautoka yesterday.

“We need to introduce devices, we must introduce gadgets and we must teach them through gadgets,” Ms Kumar informed teachers and students.

“And this is the challenge I’ll be putting across to each and every school because under the free education grant, we do provide money for computers and library books.

“And I will be encouraging schools to start buying each year, say 10 tablets or five tablets.”

Ms Kumar explained this method would make a work a lot easier for teachers who might want to take tablets to their respective classes.

She said there was a need to provide the right resources to teachers so they could use these devices to teach in different classroom settings.

“Teaching is no longer in a lab only.”

Cabinet had approved the One Laptop per Child policy in 2012.

In 2020, former education minister Rosy Akbar told Parliament the plan fell through because 495 schools were damaged during Tropical Cyclone Winston She had said the cost of the damage was $240 million and this led to the cancellation of the policy.

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