Plans to set up e-learning systems

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks to students at Vashist Muni College in Navua during the 2018-2019 National Budget consultation yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks to students at Vashist Muni College in Navua during the 2018-2019 National Budget consultation yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Government is looking at plans of setting up e-learning systems in schools around the country.

This was confirmed by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while responding to a question raised by a student during the 2018-2019 National Budget consultation at Vashist Muni College in Navua yesterday. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it required a lot of planning and discussions before the system was set up.

“We also have to make sure that, for example, you may have connectivity of internet over here, we must ensure that schools in the remote areas also have internet connectivity.

“Otherwise this school will become far more advanced than those rural schools,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“We can’t have what you call less equilibrium in the learning space.

“This is very important. People say digital age is a great equaliser, but it can also be the greatest dis-equaliser.

“The issue also, when you have e-learning, a lot of people have different concepts and ideas of what e-learning means.

“When we have the content, do the teachers actually know how to use this?

“Some teachers don’t. They need to be trained in this.”

He said Government was looking at issues like having course work in the set-up and for example having homework done through tablets and submitted via internet.

He added Government also had reached out to other countries to come up with good formula and policy for the set-up.