Lap tops finally distributed!

After months of anticipation; after months of waiting; the Ministry of Education has finally begun the distribution of the lap tops promised to students and teachers by the ULP administration.

They must be commended! But, the distribution method seems strange. Why aren’t all the schools receiving the machines at the same time? Why the need to make a surprise announcement as to which school will be the next? The children have waited long enough. Let the machines roll out to the schools as expeditiously as we can.

Kudos must go to the government for this critically important initiative!

E. A. Ballantyne

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Vincent on May 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    This is one of the few no thrills, no fluff sustainable projects of this Government. It has great potentiality, a computer is an extremely powerful tool especially when used to generate content and not simply for consumption.

    It is also keen political strategy of the best type, tactile, semiotic, you can see it and feel it and it is ubiquitous.

    The ULP did not have to borrow to fund this project, and even if they did, it is so transformative and pregnant with potential long-term dividends that it is self-reimbursing.

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  2. Posted by Helen Alexander on May 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Catherine, why don’t you take your money and buy computers for the other kids who do not have any? Stop complaining and being silly. You just want to find SOMETHING to gripe about! At least most of the kids have computers! Would Arnim Eustace have been able to provide ONE computer for a school child? You sound so foolish. The computers should remain in the classrooms if you ask me, for the next batch of children. YUH WANT DE CHILDREN TO TEK DEM HOME AN MASH DEM UP! You bitter NDP folks, please commend the good work of the ULP administration and figure out how you can improve on it, then sell your plan to the voting public; that’s your only chance of winning. STOP BEING SO FOOLISH AND BEGRUDGING!

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    • Posted by Catherine on May 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Don’t tell me foolishness bout “at least some of the kids have computers”! That is not good enough, you promise every child one so every one of them should get one at the same time! How you decide who receiving first and how long the others have to wait to get one?
      It wasn’t the ULP administration who had the idea firs, my dear. Mr Eustace had already stated as part of thir plans to give a computer to every family, which was a fr better idea then the one which Gonsalves scramble up after he heard that. The idea of one computer per family is a far better one. In this case there are families that will get five or six going to a small home that simply is not laid out to accommodate all these laptops. (incidentally, neither are many of the schools, especially those primary schools’ they can’t find enough space to seat the children, let alone store a bunch of laptops!)This is the foolish remark of one who enjoys labelling others foolish: “YUH WANT DE CHILDREN TO TEK DEM HOME AN MASH DEM UP!” so what you think will be happening now, fool? Exactly that – the children are going to tek dem home and mash dem up! However, with the NDP’s proposed one computer per family, it would have been far more durable, better looked after and better utilised all together.

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      • Posted by Helen Alexander on May 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm

        Cathrine maybe I was a little rude in my response to you, from your postings and response to me (I hope I’m not wrong), but you seem to be a nice lady (unlike me sometimes).. All I’m saying is you need to focus on improving on the accomplishments of the ULP and selling that to the voting public, and also focus on the deficiencies and come up with a potent plan to fix them, that is the only way you will win the ULP….. well with de attitude of the fanatic NDP clique ah dont kno how all yuh gwine win anyting down dey…Hmmm!!

  3. Posted by Catherine on May 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    It doesn’t look like if every child will be getting one, does it? And why is Nicole Bonadie Baker saying its Government property? You promised the children a laptop, well give it to them. How will those children who do not receive one be affected?

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    • Posted by me on May 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Catherine ALL the kids WILL get a laptop eventually. The minnistry is doing the rool-out in phases. And Mrs Bonadie Baker is saying that the laptops are the property of the Government because they are. However the child has access to a laptop for the entire duration of his school life. ( primary – tertiary).

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    • Posted by laybahhag on May 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Sounds like the same ole khaki pants NDP tactic again. They said the bridge wouldn’t be finished, it is. They said that the one laptop per child would never happen. It has begun. NDP = hopeless pessimism.

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      • Posted by Vincent on May 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

        What has been the ULP’s saving grace is borrowing and debt. As monies become harder to source, the structure will disintegrate. The cracks are there, the non repayment of the $5,000,000 to the Jamaican firm, the defauting on the Kuwaiti loan, and yes, even the harsh working conditions of the Financial complex, with no AC……$106.00 ec minimum for a barrel now……The country is crumbling, its starting to resemble the potholes littered all over!!!!!!

        As monies become harder to borrow, as the gov will actually be forced to generate (something whicg they suck bigtime at) they will lose support and if an attractive alternative is presented, people will ditch…..

    • Posted by laybahhag on May 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Stop being such a pessimist. And for your information the idea was first espoused by Dr. Thompson way back in 2006 and before. The idea of the laptops being owned by the “government” is to afford the powers that be some control over the items and their use. Then again you possibly know that and are being intellectually dishonest.

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      • Posted by Yvonne on May 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        “A thief from a thief make satan” laugh —– Negroponte came up with the idea in 1995, in 2005, the United Nations adopted it to make it global. Last year Trinidad distributed laptops “FREE” to some school children, St. Kitts already started , Antigua is doing the same! We should now be thinking about analyzing its effectiveness rather than engaging in this futile fight!!!

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