Sunday, 24 September 2017 04:33:58 (AST)
 

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Gov’t begins to distribute laptops to students

Student Ezra Adams receives a laptop from MP for West St. George, Cecil “Ces” McKie. (Photo: Camillo Gonsalves/Facebook)

Ezra Adams and Clothesha Alexander, Form 1 students of West St. George Secondary School, were the first recipients of Acer Laptops under the “One Laptop per Student” Project.

This initiative spearheaded by the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines commenced on Tuesday at West. St. George Secondary, where 317 Acer laptops were distributed by officials from the Ministry of Education.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Area Representative, Cecil McKie thanked the ministry for selecting West St. George Secondary School as the first school under the distribution programme.

He said it couldn’t come at a better time since the School is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Mckie said the Principal, staff and Students of the school were in the spotlight as they have to show the other schools that they will take care of the laptops, and use them as tools for effective learning.

Clotesha Alexander was the second student to receive a laptop. (Photo: Camillo Gonsalves/Facebook)

Clotesha Alexander was the second student to receive a laptop. (Photo: Camillo Gonsalves/Facebook)

Meanwhile, Minister with responsibility for information communication technology, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves, spoke of the genesis of the “One Laptop per Student” project as the brainchild of Prime Minister Ralph Gonslaves.  He said, the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and UK’s largest Publishing Company, Dennis Publishing, signed a deal to provide over 12,500 laptops to supply to Secondary Schools under the “One Laptop Per Student” Project.

Gonsalves urged the students to take care of the laptops which arrived in St. Vincent early this month.

He said that the carrying bags for the laptops had just arrived at the Customs and they will be cleared and distributed soon.

West St. George Secondary School students and their parents wait to collect laptops on Tuesday. (Photo: Camillo Gonsalves/Facebook)

West St. George Secondary School students and their parents wait to collect laptops on Tuesday. (Photo: Camillo Gonsalves/Facebook)

The Ministry of Education has advised parents/guardian of students under the age of 18 to bring along their identification cards to sign the contract forms on behalf of their children/ward. Parents who are unable to attend are asked to send a letter of authorization to the school giving permission to another person to collect on their behalf.

The distribution programme will continue today (Wednesday) and tomorrow. The Ministry Officials will then sort, pack and prepare the other laptops to be distributed to schools in and around Kingstown and the Grenadines from July 2-4.

(Click to find out when and where laptops will be distributed)

(D. John/API)

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  1. Peter Binose says:

    If it has to be political why not the minister of education Girlyn Miguel. Miguel is the deputy prime minister, except there is absolutely no provision for a deputy prime minister within our constitution, it’s an office that does not exist.

    What sort of foolishness are we presented with, electioneering by the deputy deputy prime minister [a double non existence], once removed from the real PM Camillo Gonsalves [PM in waiting with a promise from daddy] for the government, and Cecil McKie [the son of a heartbroken mother] as the local representative of the Unity Labour Party.

    Ces is the ULP representative for the area and Milo the government representative, a duo made in heaven? I think not.

    Why was this not just a simple matter for the ministry of education. Why has it become a party matter? and a central government matter? why?

    Because its electioneering.

    PS I am told that like the office of Deputy Prime Minister, which does not exist. In Marriaqua Girlyn’s constituancy are beginning to wonder if she exists at all, they say they never see her and she does nothing for them.

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