of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources is to transform Mauritius into
an intelligent nation state in the vanguard of global progress and innovation.
respect, the Budget Speech of November 2012 announced the
intention of Government to provide Tablet PCs to Form IV students.
level Steering Committee comprising of Ministry of Education & Human
Resources, Ministry of Information & Communication Technology, Ministry of
Finance & Economic Development and the Mauritius Institute of Education,
was set up to drive this laudable Tablet PC Project.
Steering Committee came up with specifications for the procurement of 26,100 PC Tablets equipped with
educational contents and classroom management software for all Form IV and students (State and PSSA students), Year 4 Prevoc
students and Educators.
- The tender was launched in July 2013.
- The evaluation
was carried out by the Central Procurement Board in September/October
- The award of the tender was made on 8 November 2013 to Mauritius Telecom
Limited for the provision of 26100 10-inch Android Penta Tablet PCs
including educational contents at the cost of Rs 134M.
- The delivery of the tablets is to be
effected within 8 weeks after the signature of the contract, which takes
place on 4 Dec 2013. The Ag. Senior Chief Executive of the
ministry, Mr Ram Prakash Ramlugun, and the CEO of Mauritius Telecom
Ltd, Mr Sarat Lallah, have signed the
contract, in the presence of Minister Vasant Bunwaree.
the delivery, there will be a period of commissioning for the 26100 tablets as per procurement
procedures, after which they will be distributed to schools. The tablets will be provided to Form V
students in 2014 (as they were initially meant for Form IV students of
Features of Tablets
will be supplied with interactive and multimedia contents for the main
subjects (Maths, English and French) as well as options such as science,
economics, arts and oriental languages.
and MIE are proceeding with the preparation of additional offline Learning packages for core subjects used by
all students at SC-level (Mathematics, English and French ).
- It is
to be highlighted that the Tablets will be supplied with security features
such as Antivirus, Parental Control and Web Filtering.
tablets will be provided with full two year warranty.
announced in the Budget Speech in Nov 2013, an insurance scheme will also be
provided for the tablet against a contribution by parents of Rs 650. A call for
Expressions of Interest (EOI) was made in November 2013 for provision of
insurance, and a tender will be prepared to call for bids for that insurance
scheme shortly, upon receipt and analysis of the EOIs. The closing date for the
EOIs is Fri 6 Dec 2013.
of 60 trainers by MT for the use of the tablets will be held in January 2014,
as per provisions of the tender. After this Training of Trainers (ToT) process,
there will be a replication of the training to all other educators who will be
involved in teaching Form V in 2014.
also be providing training to Educators on new teaching strategies based on the
use of ICT in the classrooms.
Ministry of ICT is currently preparing a tender for the connection of all
secondary schools to broadband high speed internet in 2014. This will
enable tablets to be then fully connected and used in classrooms in
schools. The tablets will, however, at the start of 2014, be used on an
- A new tender will be launched
in January 2014 for a second batch of about 25000 tablets, this time for
use by students of Form IV in 2014.
PC project is not a technological Project but an educational one. This project
is meant to ensure that learning opportunities are accessible to all, to
provide learners with values and skills to further their personal growth, to
enhance their critical and exploratory thinking and to encourage them to
innovate and to adapt to changes in an increasingly globalised environment.