Saturday 8 August, 2020

Ministry embarks on tech drive to equip students during COVID-19 times

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Hon. Santia Bradshaw

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Hon. Santia Bradshaw

The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training has embarked on a G-Suite for Education Tech drive.

This initiative seeks to address the need for devices among the island’s student population.

“We have decided in the ministry because of the demand for devices from amongst some of our students we would have a G-Suite Education Tech drive for devices. I must tell you so far a number of persons in the private sector have come forward, graciously, and been able to reach out to us trying to be able to ensure that the persons who are most vulnerable actually get devices as quickly as possible,” the Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training stated.

In a guest appearance on CBC’s The Link-Up Virtual Reality show (April 29) Minister Bradshaw reassured parents that all was being done to address the deficiencies which existed as it related to this issue.

This comes on the cusp of the official start of school’s third term on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Earlier in the programme the Minister stated that close to 3,000 teachers had been trained in the G Suite application and 4,000 vulnerable students had no access to the necessary devices to facilitate online learning. 

It is the hope that the although the thrust into a virtual classroom was driven by COVID-19 that the benefits would extend even after the pandemic.

“Even beyond COVID, as you know, we often have a number of environmental issues in the schools and so sometimes students are home for an extended period, so for us we are seeing this as not just a drive where persons are able to get access to devices for COVID-19 but also to be able to allow learning in the event that there is any interruption of education during the school day, ” the honourable Minister stated.

Parents are encouraged to contact the Ministry at 535-0798 or send an email to info@mes.gov.bb to make any concerns known.

 

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