Grandmother Grateful for Device Under Tablets in Schools Programme

Daureen Thompson is overjoyed that her grandson, Kedron Gayle, has received a device under the Government’s Tablets in Schools programme.

In an interview with Jamaica Government news agency JIS that since the start of classes on October 5, the grade-six student of Port Antonio Primary, who is preparing to take the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) next year, has been using an inexpensive smartphone to access lessons online.

She says that the small screen size makes it hard to see all the text at the same time, creating a frustrating experience for the youngster. The small keys also make typing difficult.

“Sometimes, he cannot see the schoolwork on the phone screen because it’s small. I’m so grateful that he has received a tablet. I’m giving thanks,” she says.

Kedron says that he is happy about the tablet’s large screen. “I am thankful,” the shy youngster says.

Kedron was among more than 700 pupils across Portland who received tablets during two separate ceremonies held in the parish on October 22.

A total of 501 devices were handed over to students from six institutions during a function at Port Antonio Primary, while 213 students from four schools received tablets at Buff Bay Primary.

Each student received a Logic T10B 10” screen tablet with 16 GB internal storage and a trifold case with a Bluetooth keyboard or a Samsung TAB A 32GB tablet with a trifold case.

The Government, through eLearning Jamaica Limited (e-LJam) began the distribution of 40,000 devices to primary-school students under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) on October 2.

The devices are targeted at pupils in grades four to six.

Like Ms. Thompson, Ann-Marie McLeod is singing praises on behalf of her daughter, Martina McLeod, a grade-five student at Port Antonio Primary.

I’m very grateful given that she received a tablet. For online classes, she has been using my sister’s phone, but when she has to go to work it creates a challenge,” she notes.