The Ministry of Education has officially commenced the digitization of text books in the nation’s public schools with an official signing ceremony on Tuesday morning.
In late 2015 the government through the Ministry of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology, embarked on a campaign to digitize the records of various government ministries and launched an E-government platform.
During the ceremony the Minister of Education Michael Browne said that this initiative is a way of enhancing the learning process and to make it easier for teachers.
According to Minister Browne the initiative will not only benefit public schools within the country but the process will also be extended to private institutions.
The tablets will be sourced through a US based company known as FortunaPIX. Founder and CEO of the company T.C Ashok says more than a million students and thousands of teachers from several countries around the world are exposed to the technology and products offered by his company.
He said that the introduction of these tablets will be sure to increase the overall performance of the students.
The COE said that with the commitment of the Education Minister, Antigua and Barbuda is sure to lead the digital revolution in education within the region.
The move to digitize the textbooks is expected to significantly reduce the expense incurred by the Board of Education. The statutory body spends more than four million dollars annually on textbooks to meet the demands of students.
A total of 30 textbooks covering 15 subject areas are expected to be digitally converted by September, 2016.