The electronic devices were presented to First and Second formers, who each received new Dell 3330s with 13 inch screens and HDMI (Outputs; features that were not included in those previously distributed. A statement from the Government said it is the goal of the Ministry of Information of Technology to keep up-to-date with modern technology.
The students are being encouraged by the Minister of Information Technology, Glenn Phillip, to use the laptops wisely.
Phillip stated that, “These laptops are not only for surfing social media websites; they should be used to do your research for whatever subject that you have to pursue.”
Minister Phillip explained. “…The government of St. Kitts and Nevis is providing these tools and the network to facilitate your learning in the future. We expect, I expect a lot from you students… I want you to use it wisely. Do not smash it. This is an investment in the youth of this country.”
The Minister also stated that with the aid of this equipment and access to the World Wide Web students will be able to compete with fellow students around the world.
Minister of Education, Nigel Carty, said that the Government recognizes that part of the empowerment of young people is presenting to students tools like these modern laptops.
“This is for you, to empower you, to be able to express your creativity and to give you the tools that are required for your success as students and also as individuals in a wider context.”
Wi-Fi networks have also been installed in all schools which will enable students to access the internet outside of the classroom.