Thursday, October 14th, 2010 | laptops
The Teacher Laptop Initiative (TLI) saga is hopefully nearing its end. The Western Cape Education Department is one of the last in the country to launch this scheme.
This comes two and a half years after the then Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, promised every teacher in the country a laptop. Union interference and bureaucratic bungling are to blame for delays in making the minister’s noble intentions a reality.
A launch of the TLI in the Western Cape on 30 October 2010 will take the form of exhibitions by service providers, demonstrations and speeches by the MEC, the Superintendent General and Union representatives. It would be interesting to see who actually pitches up for the event.
According to reliable sources 3 500 teachers will be eligible for laptops during the current financial year (ending March 2011). Allocation will be done on the basis of “seniority”, which is determined by number of years of service per rank.
The book Laptops for Teachers was published more than a year ago to encourage teachers to use these devices. The printing and distribution of more than 8 000 copies have been sponsored – the book serves as an advocacy tool to encourage the use of laptops by teachers. The full text of the book can be found here.
I am delighted that we have reached this stage and trust that the laptops acquired by teachers will propel them further on the e-learning road.
For an Afrikaans translation of this posting, click here.