Connecting the dots….
Laptop and Mifi Device Distribution to Teachers and Students
Following the distribution of fourteen thousand, six hundred and eight (14,608) laptops, under the Government Laptop Distribution Programme, to students of primary, secondary and special schools, and six thousand, six hundred and fifty-nine (6659) laptops to teachers since March 2020; the distribution of the last tranche of twenty thousand (20,000) laptops procured by the Government to both teachers and students began today, Thursday September 23rd, and continues until September 30th, 2021.
Data collected from all Primary and Secondary schools in September 2021, revealed that two thousand, six hundred and twelve (2612) teachers, and two thousand three-hundred and sixty-five (2365) students were identified as requiring devices. All requirements will be met during this week-long distribution period.
The Ministry of Education also began the distribution of MiFi devices to teachers and students on Thursday, 23rd September, 2021. Of the ten thousand (10,000) procured, thirteen hundred (1300) have been received and will be distributed over the week-long period. Distributions will continue as more MiFi devices arrive.
As the Ministry continues to take a multi-pronged approach to the provision of education in a blended environment, the matter of connectivity in schools is also being progressed. Through a collaboration with the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), an agency of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, and the contracting of required services, one hundred and thirty-four (134) Secondary and seventy-two (72) Primary school plants will benefit from enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity. To date, twenty-eight (28) of the seventy-two (72) primary schools have received enhanced Wi-Fi access in designated areas such as the Principal’s office, staff room, computer lab and library, and work continues to bring the others into alignment.
Minister Gadsby-Dolly states that, “To achieve equity in quality education in any environment, and more so under our current realities, requires the input and support of multiple agencies. What has been achieved to date would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the executive and staff of the Ministry of Education- particularly the Information Communication Technology (ICT), School Supervision and Educational Planning Divisions, our sponsors, corporate T&T- who provided over twenty-three thousand (23,000) devices directly to students through the Adopt-a-School Initiative, TATT and the Ministry of Digital Transformation. I want to say thank you on behalf of the children of this nation.”
Through the Adopt-a-School Initiative and Government’s Laptop Distribution Programme, vulnerable students, as well as our valued teachers now have the opportunity to access the fundamental tools for teaching and learning in the 21st century, even as the digital ecosystem required for the transformation of the education sector is being built around them.
Ministry of Education
622-2181 Ext 1355, 1427