PNP demands update on Tablets in School Project

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PNP demands update on Tablets in School Project

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— Opposition spokesperson on science, technology, and information, Julian Robinson, is calling on Minister of Science and Technology, Fayval Williams, to update the nation on the status of the Tablets in School Project.

Robinson, in a statement today from the People's National Party (PNP), noted that in October 2018, Cabinet approved two contracts, totalling US$30 million, to Geotech Visions Ltd and Innovative Corporate Solutions for procuring and delivering the tablets under project.

These tablets should have been delivered for the start of the new school year in September 2019, he added.

However, he said the project implementation agency, eLearning Jamaica Limited (e-LJAM), has terminated the contract of the service provider, leaving the project in limbo with no clear idea when or if the tablets will be delivered.

"After 3 years and 8 months in office, it is a sign of incompetence and mismanagement that the Andrew Holness-led Administration has been unable to deliver any new tablet under this project," Robinson contended.

He further stated that he is aware that one of the suppliers “has already procured thousands of the tablets, which are now sitting in its warehouse and thousands more are on their way to be received for delivery shortly”.

The Opposition spokesman demanded that Williams inform students and parents what will happen to these tablets that are sitting in the supplier's warehouse.

Robinson said he intends to table questions in Parliament today, to seek answers on this critical project.

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