Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS) — The Minister of Education the Hon. Nigel Carty and Minister of Technology the Hon. Glenn Phillip were met with enormous applause as they traversed around the island distributing the much anticipated laptops to secondary school students.
The Minister of Technology touted that the new Dell Latitude 3340 laptops promises to give high quality performance suitable for learning.
“This device will be used for learning purposes,” explained the Technology Minister. “This is one of the most powerful tools that there is today, as it gives you access to information. It also gives you access to reaching out to persons not only in your schools but elsewhere. This laptop that we’re giving today will enable you to compete with any student across the world.”
The Minister mentioned that each year his ministry evaluates the One-to-One Laptop Programme to see which laptops are best suited for learning. He added that they make sure the laptops given are “the absolutely best in the Caribbean that will be given to students.”
The Minister mentioned that with the laptops each student will be able to connect to the Education Network (EduNet) where students can share, receive and access information and resources.
The Education Minister expressed his gratitude to the Minister of Technology for assisting his ministry in acquiring the laptops. He explained to the students why the Ministry of Technology’s investment was much appreciated.
“We believe that an investment in young people like you is an investment in our country on a whole and an investment in ourselves,” he noted.
Minister Carty shared the same sentiments as Minister Phillip and stating that the laptops will make them better students “who can compete, standing toe to toe, with the young lads and lasses in India and the United States” and added that the boundaries of learning no longer exist.
Both Ministers stressed the fact that students should take care of the equipment as they will be beneficial throughout their school years.