Students to continue being engaged through technology even after face-to-face classes resume - Williams

Fayval Williams
Education Minister Fayval Williams has said her ministry will continue to engage students through technology even after they return to the classroom.
Mrs Williams said the government's plan is to have a fully digitised society.
She said the education sector will not be left behind.
"I recognise that even if we get all our students back in the classroom face-to-face, this journey that we've started in terms of putting technology in the hands of our students and in our classrooms is going to continue. It's because we want to move Jamaica as a whole to becoming a digital society. And so... these are the first steps towards becoming a fully digital society," she told the the media Thursday after handing over tablet computers at Barrett Town Primary School in St. James.
The presidents of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools and the Jamaica Teachers' Association have said enough focus is not being placed on standardising the use of technology in schools after COVID-19.
Mrs Williams has appealed to parents and guardians experiencing challenges with devices and internet access while trying to participate in online classes, to utilise the other modes of learning available. 
"While we would love all our students to be online, we recognise that that's not possible at this point in time, and so we're encouraging parents in that situation, especially have many children in the home, and you might only have one device, that you please look at these other approaches that are being supported, and that's the audiovisual approach and then of course, we have the learning kids approach where parents are encouraged to pick up the textbooks and worksheets at school for their children to use and be in touch with the teachers," she urged.     

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