#TurksandCaicos, March 19, 2021 – The blended approach to learning will get all students back into the classroom following the Easter Break, but many will still need computers and shockingly, hundreds of children have been without devices and internet this entire period, too many losing months of education because they have been unable to participate in virtual learning.
“Mr. Speaker, my ministry intends to provide additional after school programmes for struggling students in public schools to provide greater one on one support that will aid in improving their literacy and numeracy skills. The Ministry will continue to review its budget ceiling and identify savings which can be re-allocated towards this initiative in the next budget cycle or the new academic year. No child will be left time.
Mr. Speaker, the Education Department is aware of the struggles of our children and parents as it relates to having access to an electronic device,” said Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education during House of Assembly session on Tuesday March 16.
The private sector continues to step up majorly to fill these gaps. The Pine Cay Project has just over 200 laptops to students and the Shore Club has $17,000 in devices on the way, said the Minister of Education, Hon Rachel Taylor. No child will be left behind said Taylor when addressing the House.
“Our partnership with the private sector will improve as we work together for the betterment of our children. In the new financial budget, we will address procuring additional electronic devices for our children so that no child will be left behind.”
Pine Cay is making a $90K investment which includes Digicel internet services. Eight schools across the Turks and Caicos are earmarked to receive up to three months of high speed internet courtesy of the Pine Cay Project.
On the list: Adelaide Omeler Primary, Raymond Gardiner High, Enid Capron Primary, Iris Stubbs primary, Charles Hubert James primary, Mills Institute and Eliza Simons primary.
Within the new budget year, the new PNP Government will provide funding to purchase devices as well, said Minister Taylor.