A press conference was held on Friday, 28th January by the Ministries of Information Technology and Education, in collaboration with a representative from Microsoft, during which MiyVue.com, posed a question to Education Minister, Nigel Carty, about whether or not One-to-One project is designed to that each child that progresses from the 6th grade to the first form, would be outfitted with a laptop.
Representative of the Office of the Prime Minister, Crios Freeman, indicated that the deadline for the 6500 students to receive their laptops is the end of this school year. He also indicated that those 6th graders, who would be entering the high school system this year, would also receive a laptop each.
“I can say that for the grade sixers coming to first form at this point in time, yes, they will be outfitted and as we go on and on, the Minister of Education spoke to sustainability and I’m very hopeful that the government would be to sustain the project by providing for first formers as they come in as we go ahead.”
Minister Carty, in response to MiyVue’s question, explained that the promise attached to the One-to-One project is that those currently in the high school system would receive a laptop. The sustainability of the project, however, would have to be looked at.
“I think members of the public are aware that the commitment as it was and is now, is really to ensure that the current set of high school students can be outfitted with the laptops. As to whether in the future, we are going to have every set of for grade six students coming into first form receiving a laptop, that is a goal that we want to work towards. Because it makes no sense really for us to have this programme now and five years from now, all the students have moved out of the high schools and there is no one in the high school who is supported under this particular project or a project of this kind.
“But I think we want to make it absolutely clear that the commitment has been to outfit the students who are currently in the high school system with the laptops and then to look at ways and means of making the project a truly sustainable project going forward. So there are no hard commitments in relation to that because there are other factors and variables that has to be taken into account to determine when and how to go forward. But, clearly, the government has been giving thought as to how we can make this a long-term sustainable project.”