Bids open for provision of 30,000 tablets in e-learning project By RJR NEWS
Having read the article above. Earlier in the year I made this post topic on Jul 10, 2013. Today it is now being published in a short.
Now having read a newspaper article “Cabinet Approves $1.4 Billion for Tablets in Schools” Source JIS. It dawned to me that the GOJ and it ministers are not fully in touch with reality.
In fact they do not seek to consult as many stake holders and experts as possible, before they jump into projects and or pass new laws. This appears to be common among their DNA.
Much the same when NEPA admitted not consulting the community before placing a Crocodile sanctuary near to a school and within a residential community.
I watched this myself on TVJ news: RESIDENT FEAR CROCODILES Air Date: 12/11/2013.
Now I am not criticizing the PNP or the Minster of energy personally. But there is a pattern among this genetic make up and type when it pertains to leadership of anything of importance as it relates to Jamaica’s development and future.
Why I state this remark? Look at downtown Kingston, look at up town and see that the country has been in a state of lawless shambles for the past 40 years irrespective of all governments that have come and gone. Who are are heading these agencies and ministries?
For truth be told for $1.4 billion a 8MW to 9MW solar power plant with other job creation benefits besides the installation and servicing of plant, could be derived.
It should be noted that based on my rough calculation a 9NMW solar power plant could help save the GOJ approximately $7 billion per year or $14 billion every two years. Along with proving energy at US$0.26 or less per kWh.
How long will these tablets last? What is the actual total power consumption for such tablets or similar tablets? How many MWhrs of energy will they consume on average per year? Could the answer be anywhere between 140Mhrs to 200MWhrs?
My post on another tech blog on a highly advanced technology platform for classrooms showed case smart boards and tablets along with a tutor platform. When shopped around to the schoolmasters they snubbed it. Only to see half baked solutions being touted by e-Learning among others.
The fact is, innovation is to be left up to those who have the IQ and the ability to make it happen. Not policy makers and not administrators and not Government central or local. But entrepreneurs and those that support and facilitate their growth.
This $1.4 billion if spent wisely in other areas (providing that it is legally allowed to be spent in areas outside of ICT) or obtaining said amount from Petrocaribe fund. It would see the alleged IMF shortfall of $12-14 billion being halved or recouped within a few short years by seriously focusing on energy reduction of fossil fuel.
Jamaica needs strong and decisive leadership across the board, we have no time to spare or to waste. In fact Jamaica needs a mental, spiritual, and economic revolution.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, & A PROSPEROUS 2014 WHEN IT ARRIVES FOR ALL MY READERS.