Jones: Computers for all schools

All schools across Barbados are to be furnished with computers shortly, Education Minister Ronald Jones declared yesterday.

“In another few weeks, across every school – Erdiston College, SJPP, BCC, including the private schools – once they are registered with us, we will be completely redeploying technology across every one of those, from laptops, [to] desktops,” the Minister said while delivering the feature address at the Erdiston Teachers Training College’s 2017 ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Jones told the 2015-2016 graduating class along with well-wishers, education and other government officials, that distribution of the equipment, which is an independence jubilee gift, will be completed in “three weeks to a month… laptops for every child, starting with the sixth forms, fifth, and then the others”.

Education Minister Ronald Jones

“Every school will have tablets as well as laptops and desktops, and we will gradually put back in some of the other apparatus that you need,” he added.

While Jones did not disclose the source of the technological equipment, his comments indicated that the Treasury will be affected only in clearing the items at Customs.

“We didn’t have to buy them, me might got to pay a lil cents at the port.  They are a gift to Barbados as a result of our 50th anniversary. So we will deploy them right across the system.”

He advised the graduating teachers, “they (computers) are not to be kept at home. They’re to be used in schools, by yourselves and the students”.

“My challenge to you is to care them. Use them well,” Jones said.

The Education Minister said he is concerned about reports of low student performance. “A little too many continue to fail … I want to see change, I want to see success of our children. Failure must never be considered as an option.”

He conceded that the island-wide distribution of computers will not by itself turn around the failure percentage.

“Technology doesn’t make you learn. It is what you bring to your students.”

He noted though that such technology will enable educators to use for teaching the same media through which children easily take in other messages, including entertainment. (GA)

16 Responses to Jones: Computers for all schools

  1. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf January 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Will these gifts be like the three wheeled ambulances now rusting out? Election time is near I tell ya.

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  2. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler January 29, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Doesn’t make any sense having a computer if your head is empty otherwise.

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  3. Alex Alleyne January 29, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    This means that some JOBS will come available. (REPAIRS) Computer techs.

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  4. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Hope they use software that SAVES money like OpenOffice.org or libreoffice.org. Rather than blowing all their money to Microsoft making Bill Gates a soon to be Trillionare.

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  5. Greengiant January 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Edutec has been a failed investment that cost us several millions but apparently nobody seem to remember that. We really do suffer short memory on our political failings. Most of us are too party centered that’s why we constantly jump from a sinking vessel to the other on dry dock. The BLP is only on dry dock for repairs but the crew will run this country aground again. The DLP set sail in 2008 after minor repairs and now the rough seas are too strong for the vessel. We really should be looking at the newly built vessels as maintaining it will cost us way less and the crew have more to prove. This will give both BLP and DLP more time to repair their vessels and hire new crew.

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  6. Jennifer January 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    @Greengiant – Yeh, but don’t forget those nasty icebergs (in the Caribbean yes) which sit there to punch holes in the HULL. And as we have WEAK engineers on board, the ship will run aground, back to the DOCK it goes.

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  7. Hal Austin January 30, 2017 at 4:29 am

    We are in a digital age, yet our children are now getting computers in schools. This is the minister that tells us Barbadian schools are in the global top ten.
    The man is an idiot.

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  8. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons January 30, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Edutech II? Whatever became of the first one?

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  9. Tony Webster January 30, 2017 at 6:28 am

    @Hal…careful sir….lest you become jaundiced in your view of shining , relevant people who have the very future of coming generations in their capable hands! You overlooked to give Hon. Minister credit for his shouting ability; his cute button-hole; a couple pot-holes (pot-hells) recently filled-in near me; and the fact that he adroitly avoided saying WHO has donated the computers; HOW MANY are headed out to the schools; WHAT exactly they will be used for..like ( a new subject/programme/initiative). Or whether a couple each might be placed in the school libraries. Cud have put them into the to-be-refurbished Carnegie Library which yet lies there, quietly crumbling away…awaiting promises to be fulfilled…

    If you see something shooting through the heavens like a star heralding something…it cud be his star….on the lower side of its trajectory…

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  10. Jennifer January 30, 2017 at 6:41 am

    @Hal – Global top 10 may have nothing at all to do with being digital, but may have to do with how efficient the children are being taught the global BS which is taught world wide to bring out efficient slaves for the global plantation. Anyone can quickly learn a data entry format once there is a compatible hub.

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  11. Jennifer January 30, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Mr Education minister, A gift BLINDETH the WISE and PERVERTETH the words of the RIGHTEOUS. We were once a NATION receiving gifts of fine GOLD and SILVER and timber of CEDAR and FIR and now we receiving gifts of scraps. WOW WHAT A CHANGE since we fell from grace.

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  12. Sheron Inniss January 30, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I think we need some old time schooling in Bim ’cause we are reversing faster than we are progressing. Edutech was a failure; don’t try for a bigger cess pool; let it remain dead. Computers will not solve the problems in the educational sector. In fact the computers got this island out of sync. A lot of sickly children who don’t get enough exercise, nuff who using the technology to listen to everything negative and do wrong and a minority who doing right. Or just maybe I am just seeing and hearing the indifferent ones.

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  13. Daniel Burton
    Daniel Burton January 30, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Welcome to 2003

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  14. Jennifer January 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    @Sheron – old time schooling WILL NOT FIT into THE BASKET that you were placed in. You have to move forward and drink from that CUP. It is like taking GOAT skin and putting it on a SHEEP.

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  15. hcalndre January 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Hmmmm! Election light is at the end of the tunnel and the gifts and promises are here again. Hotels going up, so much work that workers have to be brought in, all who were sent home will be rehired, those waiting on a house will get one, all schools will have computers but can`t say who is the giver and lots of freebies are coming.

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