South African Schools Goes ‘Paperless’ As A New Education System Is Launched Today
“Tomorrow morning in this school, we are officially burying the chalkboard, we are officially burying the duster, we are officially burying the chalk. Gone are the days when they have to write in exercise books and hand in the assignment.”
These were the words of Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng MEC for Education in South Africa. He was speaking yesterday while addressing the media at the Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa, eastern Johannesburg; a day before ‘The Big Switch On’ taking place today.
Boitumelong Secondary School is one of the seven Gauten township schools that are set to benefit from ‘The Big Switch On’ – a paperless for . Dignitaries expected to be at the launch event today include Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Gauten MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi.
The paperless learning is set to be rolled out to all the Gauteng township, and rural schools by the time the 2017/2018 financial year budget comes to an end. The price tag for the complete project stands at R17bn ͌ ($1.5bn); it entails providing all high school children with tablets while Grade 7 pupils will be given training on how to use tablets.
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At the launch event, T-shirts written ‘wired for life’ could be spotted worn by some of the people in attendance.