Secondary schoolteachers will be given a smartphone if they complete a training programme this summer to help them to respond to the needs of their students who will receive laptops from the government later this month.
Last week, 12,500 Acer laptops for secondary and post-secondary school students and teachers arrived in the country as part of the government’s one laptop per student initiative.
Dennis Publishing, the UK’s largest technology publisher, has brokered a deal to provide 12,500 laptops to secondary schools in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The deal will see technology leaders Acer, Microsoft and Trend Micro come together to provide all secondary school children in the country with leading edge technology.
Speaking in Langley Park on Friday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that distribution of the laptops to students will begin the week of June 23 and should last one month.
He further said that during the school vacation, all 700 secondary schoolteachers who are dealing with this matter will be trained.
A lot of the teachers are already trained in information technology, Gonsalves said, but added that there are “a lot of programmes which have to be death with, and the teaching of the teachers is very important to deliver the educational outcomes for the students.
“And, I say to the teachers, when you do the training during the holidays, and when you finish, and when we give you the certificate to show that you have attended the training session and successfully completed the training sessions, which all of them will do, because they will come to all the sessions, on that day, I am going to have for each of the teachers additionally, a … smartphone to give to each of the teachers, to give you the incentives and to say go forth and teach our children,” Gonsalves said.