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$2.3m policy

Atasa Moceituba
Friday, August 15, 2014

A SUM of $2.3million has been set aside by the Ministry of Education to assist 100 primary school students who have registered under its new one laptop per child policy.

The policy comes under school information and communication technology, e-learning and computer education.

According to acting permanent secretary Basundra Kumar, the policy facilitates the empowerment of children to become research innovators and knowledge producers.

Mrs Kumar said students should have access to information and communications technology (ICT) resources.

"We have been implementing this from last year, three schools were piloted. The reason is because we want computer literacy in our children beginning from Class One."

Mrs Kumar said schools all over the country would be part of this new policy.

Director for primary education Tomasi Raiyawa, said the policy was a new initiative to introduce computer education in primary schools.

He cited a survey which found children's attendance increased on the day of computer classes.

"We have about 45 schools lined up for the next shipment to arrive next month.

"We are targeting about close to 100 primary schools to have laptops in their computer labs. The momentum needs to improve. We would appreciate covering all primary schools by 2016."

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