GIS – 5 December 2013: The Ministry of Education and Human Resources and Mauritius Telecom signed on 4 December 2013 an agreement for the provision of 26 100 tablets to Form 4 and Form 5 students next year. The ceremony was held at MITD House, Phoenix, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr. Vasant Bunwaree.
The agreement was signed by the Senior Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Mr Ram Prakash Ramlugun and the CEO of Mauritius Telecom, Mr. Sarat Lallah.
The provision of tablets to Form 4 students and their educators is a major Government project to the tune of Rs 134 million. The tablets, equipped with educational content and classroom management concepts, will be issued to both State and private secondary schools by the first week of February 2014. Form 5 students of 2014 will also be provided with tablets as they were supposed to be the first batch of Form 4 to receive tablets in 2013.
In his address, Minister Bunwaree stated that this project is almost like a dream which comes true and the signing ceremony is a stepping stone to turn into reality Government’s vision of transforming Mauritius into an intelligent nation. He expressed his satisfaction that the Ministry is moving fast on the path of innovation and creativity as well as providing learning opportunities to all and enhancing learner’s critical and exploratory thinking. It will encourage them to innovate and to adapt to changes in an increasingly globalised environment, he added.
The Minister underscored the contribution of the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) in ensuring that the contents on the tablets make sense to students. It will also engage in the creation of interactive multimedia contents for subjects like Mathematics, English and French, amongst others. Besides providing training to educators on ICT use in classrooms, MIE will also design additional offline packages for School Certificate Level students to be inserted on the tablets.
All tablets will have a two-year warranty and be enabled with antivirus, parental control and web filtering. Training will be provided by Mauritius Telecom to some 60 trainers, who in turn will train other educators on how to use the tablets.
It is recalled that the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology is currently preparing tenders for the connection of all secondary schools to broadband high speed Internet in 2014. This will enable tablets to be fully connected and used in classrooms. The tablets will, however, at the beginning f 2014, be used on an offline basis.
For his part, Mr. Lallah said that Mauritius Telecom was proud to have been selected as supplier for this very important project especially in spite of the tough competition during the tender process.
According to him, Government’s decision to provide tablets to all Form 4 students is a landmark event and was a long awaited moment for all. Mauritius Telecom shares Government’s vision as regards digital classroom concept, he said.
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