GIS – 31 October 2013: The launching ceremony of websites of 62 State Secondary Schools was held this morning at John Kennedy College, Beau Bassin, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr. Vasant Bunwaree, and the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr. Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum.
The project is an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in collaboration with the Government Online Centre. The cooperation between the two ministries has driven the project of setting up and hosting of websites under the new Government platform. A 2GB capacity has been allocated to each school website.
In his address, Minister Bunwaree pointed out that Government is implementing several measures to expand IT in education. Our view is to harness ICT so as to enhance the operations and service delivery of the education sector with emphasis on improving quality of the pedagogical processes as well as increase the efficiency and effectiveness of school management, he said.
Expounding on the importance of having a school website, the Minister pointed out that it is meant primarily to increase the visibility of the school by putting it in the limelight and opening it up to the community and the society. To ensure proper monitoring of the website, a committee comprising the rector and educators has been put in place in each school.
He recalled that one of the major ICT projects in the primary sub-sector is the Sankoré project. This year the Sankoré project is being expanded to cover Standard IV, V and VI classes. The use of the Sankoré interactive projectors already effective with regard to English and French languages, is being extended to the Asian Languages, Arabic and also to Prevocational and Special Education Needs, Dr. Bunwaree said.
For the secondary sub-sector, one major ICT project is the Tablet PC project, he said, adding that Government wishes to transform the manner in which educators teach students and how the latter learn from their peers through the introduction of ICT multimedia tools in the classroom.
For his part, Minister Pillay Chedumbrum stated that, given the incredible speed at which technology is evolving, it is essential to ensure that students are prepared for the future by acknowledging and unleashing the potential of e-learning to transform teaching and learning process.
Government, he said, is sparing no effort to ensure that internet remains competitive and is within the reach of every citizen as a basic right, while recalling that the cost of internet has gone down drastically over the past five years.
According to the Minister, internet has become the cornerstone for education and communication throughout the society. These new and comprehensive school websites being launched today are a beacon in the world of Mauritian education. Moreover, with these websites, each school can, as an institution, connect their students to the world – and connect the world to their students, he said.
According to Mr. Pillay Chedumbrum, Government has a clear vision to transform Mauritius into a knowledge-based economy and to promote ICT at all levels of the society.
“The ICT sector has continued to open new opportunities in our country. The launch of this website is the latest example of the distance we are covering in our path towards our goals”, he added.
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