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Press Release 22 June - Tablets

Date: June 22, 2014
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Following a press article dated 21 June 2014 making reference to an alleged misuse of PC Tablets distributed by the Ministry to students of Secondary Schools.

Dr Vasant K.Bunwaree Minister of Education and Human Resources called for a high level meeting on Saturday 21 June 2014 at 10 am at the MITD House Phoenix.

Mr P Ramlagun Ag. Senior Chief Executive and other senior Officials of the Ministry and Mr Sarat Duth Lallah CEO of the Mauritius Telecom accompanied by a team of experts, amongst others, attended the meeting.

The main objective was to ensure that the purpose of the Tablet PC project, which is to provide Mauritian students with an enhanced learning experience in a growing technological 21st Century environment, is being fully upheld.

The Minister who expressed concern over what was relayed in the media with respect to safety and security of the students, was reassured by all the stakeholders present, of the security measures available for an effective response to such unauthorized acts thus, ensuring for the proper usage of the PC Tablet in a responsible and ethical manner.

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources is working in close collaboration with the Ministry of ICT, the Police, Mauritius Telecom and other stakeholders in the project with a view in ensuring strict compliance with the policy guidelines and adopting further measures to enhance security.

Reiterating his great appreciation for the genius and creative character of the Mauritian students, the Minister expressed his firm belief in their resilient abilities to face any upcoming challenges relating to unethical practices.

The Minister also took note of the pledge that the student and the responsible party are being requested to sign for proper usage of the PC Tablet and in default, the measures applicable thereafter.   

22 June 2014

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