950 Primary Schools to Receive Tablets and Computers

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Jamaica News: Some 950 primary schools across the island are to receive tablets and computers over the next four months.

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, informed JIS Newsthat 600 institutions will be equipped by the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC), and the remaining 350 by eLearning Jamaica.

She said that the devices will be equipped with the required programmes, lesson plans, educational resources, and material items on the curriculum, including the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).

Dr. McLean said that the principals from the beneficiary schools have already received the required training, which will be followed by the training of teachers, to facilitate an early November roll-out to the schools.

eLearning Jamaica has a mandate to promote the integration and infusion of technology in the education system, and a vision to transform national learning outcomes using information and communications technology (ICT).

The OEC’s mandate is to be recognised as the leader in the provision of educational support services related to the conduct of examinations, including administration, consultancy, training, quality assurance, authentication of results and the provision of a secure repository for results and statistics.

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