Teacher Laptop Initiative comes to Western Cape … at last!

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.

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8 Comments to Teacher Laptop Initiative comes to Western Cape … at last!

Thursday, 14 October, 2010

Question: Will Khanya Facilitators (previously educators) also be entitled to this initiative ?

Albie for a mecer Laptop

Kobus van Wyk
Friday, 15 October, 2010

Unfortunately not, Albie! Only current educators are elligible.

Friday, 15 October, 2010

What software will be pre-loaded on the teachers’ laptops?

Kobus van Wyk
Friday, 15 October, 2010

No idea, Kathy. As soon as I have this information, I will share it.

Mark C
Friday, 15 October, 2010

Something interesting I heard the other day. The RCL of a particular school complained to the principal that educators are spending too much time on their mobile phones and their laptops. If educators are doing productive school-related stuff, it should not be a problem. I wonder what these learners will say when they hear about the TLI. I can think of a few things
An unrelated interesting fact I heard on CapeTalk is that Amazon, the world’s foremost booksellers, are selling more e-books than paper-based books.

Elmarie Daniels
Tuesday, 19 October, 2010

Will Curriculum Adviser’s be eligible for this initiative?

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Friday, 29 October, 2010

I wonder what these learners will say when they hear about the TLI. I can think of a few things

Wednesday, 13 April, 2011

Nice post.

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