Technology boost for summer school
AROUND 80 students who had deferred from taking the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination this year are getting a boost.
The Ministry of Education and Digicel are teaming up for this year’s Government summer school (primary) programme. Together they have introduced 20 tablets – ten from Digicel and ten from the Ministry – in an effort to modernise the face of education in Barbados.
Acting senior education officer Fernando Carter said this step was being taken as they had realised today’s students needed more than what they were currently providing. He was speaking to the media today after orientation at the George Lamming Secondary School.
“This year we are pushing the area of technology because we believe that what may have been traditional is not catering to their individual needs so we are attempting to utilise all possible strategies and methods to ensure that we encourage these students.
“We are utilising tablets, computers, e-readers and a variety of methods taken from the internet to ensure that students are absorbing what they need to for next year’s examination,” he said.
Digicel’s commercial director Alex Tasker said the tablets would allow teachers to control classrooms with tablets, adding he hoped it would be used across the ministry. In addition, Tasker said were providing Wi-Fi services and an enrichment programme designed to improve English and mathematics. (CA)