Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele were among those to deliver the ground-breaking project.
Ramaphosa initiated the project by pressing a button on one of the two big computer screens that took the place of a chalkboard at the front of the classroom.
The whole process was then demonstrated by a teacher on how the system works.
Ramaphosa urged students to grab the opportunity, acquire knowledge and be the best they can be.
“You are very lucky to be in this school, to be in this class,” Ramaphosa said.
Among those who were pleased with the new project, include DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education Khume Ramulifho.
Ramulifho stated that, “The introduction of paperless classrooms is an important step to bridging the digital divide, and the DA is encouraged to find that our province’s schools of the future project are off to a great start.”
He also added that the involvement of private sectors should not be ignored.
Ramolifho advises parents to take ownership and embrace the ground-breaking opportunity.
“We encourage pupils and teachers to take pride in their schools, and to protect and safeguard all their school facilities and resources,” he said, adding that they will continue to support the innovation aimed at enhancing quality learning.
The schools will receive state-of-the-art internet connections at no expense to government.
JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says several schools in Tembisa are set to pilot a paperless education programme.
He adds the institutions will receive state-of-the-art internet connections at no expense to government.
Lesufi will this week conduct a number of visits at seven schools in the township north of Johannesburg after supplying students and teachers with tablets and training to conduct lessons online.
He says the use of textbooks and chalkboards during lessons has proven to waste crucial learning time, especially in poorer schools that do not have enough resources for everyone.
He says South Africa’s internet providers are compelled by the Constitution to contribute to online teaching and have not hesitated to do so.
“I’ve got the best broadband fibre option connected to all the seven schools without paying a single cent on the basis of the constitutional mandate of this government.”