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12 Mar 2013 14:31
Gauteng Online saw the installation of 40 000 computers (25 in each of 1 600 schools) at a cost of R3.1-billion. (David Harrison, M&G)
Because of what it could have been and the money and time lost in the process. ("Second bite for 'Gauteng Offline'?", February 22)
Consider these three sets of numbers:
Connect these tablets to school-based wireless networks (with or without an internet connection) and you can say goodbye to the textbook crisis forever. Children would have individual access not just to a few books, but also libraries of books they can carry with them to homes where books are altogether absent, instead of spending an hour or two a week in a computer lab.
Rather than finger-pointing at the actors in this tragedy, we should question the project design and procurement processes by which the rich promise of technology to overcome historical inequalities in education has devolved into a tussle about who gets to install and maintain an overpriced 20th-century solution for a 21st-century challenge. – Peet du Plooy, Johannesburg
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