Laptops for Teachers … the saga continues!

Monday, April 18th, 2011 | laptops

Three years ago teachers were promised that the state would provide them with laptop computers.  Since then I’ve blogged about this topic: how a laptop can benefit a teacher, how they can learn to use it, what it will cost them, and how to care for it.  Then I went through the whole process of publishing the blog postings in book form, and to date over 10 000 copies of Laptops for Teachers were distributed among educators.  The purpose of this was to show teachers the value of having their own technology.

Some provinces even had Laptop-for-Teacher launches late last year, further raising expectations that the happy day has drawn near.  While many teachers were disappointed that the subsidy they were to receive would not cover their cost, some were still willing to acquire a laptop.

However, to date no machines have fallen into the laps of teachers!  The latest report states that the Treasury and Department of Basic Education have not succeeded in reaching an agreement about how the initiative would be funded.  A bit late to deliberate about that, don’t you think?

If the state can’t even provide equipment to teachers, what hope is there that technology would ever be available to our learners so that they can cross the digital divide?

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2 Comments to Laptops for Teachers … the saga continues!

Mark C
Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

Red tape!! And more red tape! While I am not in favour of the TLI, at least it would have been an option available to take.

At the rate our politicians are spending and while Rome is burning I’m starting to think of a Michael Franks song:”When the cookie jar is empty…”

Teachers…bite the bullet and buy your own laptop. Don’t wait.

Christo Davids
Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

I agree with Mark C. Teachers should go ahead and buy their own laptops. When I bought my first pc for R2000, 15 years ago, it was the best investment I could have made as a young teacher. Teachers should take the initiative to empower themselves, instead of waiting for handouts from the department. I don’t think the TLI is a great deal either. By the time the teacher makes the last payment (5 years later) the laptop will most probably redundant or broken.

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