Former Education Minister, Arsene James, has accused the government of rushing to implement its current laptop programme for secondary school students, for political mileage.
James, the current MP for Micoud South, said that despite the programme, under which students at the form three level receive a laptop computer, the students still have to buy their school books.
He noted that the cost of the books could amount to up to two thousand dollars.
“ I would have thought if you have a programme like this you would have developed teaching programmes to eliminate the cost of books,” the former Education Minister told a news conference of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), yesterday.
While making it clear that that the laptop programme was a good one, James however asserted that students in the rural areas cannot put the devices to good use because when they get home they have no wifi connections.
“I know, because I live in a rural area,” the Micoud South MP said.