The Ministry of Education will be embarking on several ICT-related initiatives.
Ongoing discussions led by the Ministry of Education on the incorporation of technology in education, are expected to culminate with the launch of a digital literacy program during the next academic year.
Minister for Education, Dr. Gail Rigobert, said the digital literacy program will assist in improving information technology competence among students. Her comments came during the debate on the 2017 Appropriation Bill last Thursday.
The education minister said her appreciation for a holistic approach to technology in education preceded her political career, adding that it has always been her view that the provision of technology without the complimentary programs is not adequate.
“Programs that will lend to enhancing their digital literacy programs that will help to really improving their e-literacy. If there is anyone who understands all too well the importance of the infusion and holistic integration of information communication technology in education, it is I. I have spent many a year speaking about this. So why now would one assume that because I sit on this side of the House that my position should change and that I should blindly follow something that I know is inadequate simply to equip students with laptops.”
The Ministry of Education will be embarking on several other ICT-related initiatives including a review of the draft ICT in Education policy and training for teachers in the use of technology.