Tablets for Antiguan students

Students and officials pose with the tablets.

ST. JOHN’S — After much debate and its fair share of controversy, the first batch of students received their tablet devices as part of government’s e-Education Computer Tablets programme.

Ten fifth-form students of the Antigua Girl’s High School were presented with their Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 at a short handing over ceremony at the school yesterday.

At the ceremony at AGHS, Acting Minister of Education Winston Williams responded to the view that the tablets would be abused by students, saying the positives outweigh the negatives.

“We can not ask this generation to do next generation things without giving them the tools, and that is what this (initiative) is doing, giving them access to the World Wide Web,” he said.

Williams praised Digicel as “good corporate citizens” for funding the $9 million initiative and ensuring that Antigua & Barbuda continues to lead the region in information technology.

Digicel Founder Denis O’Brien, was also present during yesterday’s ceremony, and commended the government for the high quality education system that exists here.

Official launch

The official launch of the e-Education programme took place yesterday evening at the Sandals Resort and was attended by Williams, Minister of Telecommunications, Science, and Technology Dr. Edmond Mansoor, and Digicel CEO Victor Corcoran.

Students of the three remaining pilot schools received their tablets at the launch last night.

The officials announced that a content-filtering system would be placed on the tablets, which will block access to certain Web sites and programmes.

The e-Education Computer Tablets and e-Education connectivity initiative is part of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour. (Antigua Observer)

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