The Education Ministry has partnered with Microsoft to provide, free of cost, 500,000 Microsoft Office 365 Education Software licences to students.
Making the announcement during Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Education Minister Fayval Williams, said the annual value of the licences is $2.1 billion.
"The free half a million licences of Office 365 Edu A3 licence plan for students in Jamaica include full Office suite with Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, Publisher for PC only access, and services that include Teams, Share Point, Forms, etc. This licence will also allow 500,000 students to download the Office Pro, Plus Word, Excel, etc.," she revealed.
Mrs Williams noted that the partnership aims to make technology readily available to students and expose them to skills and applications while preparing them for the 21st century workforce.