Education Minister, Fayval Williams, says students and teachers will not need data to access the government’s online learning system come October 5, when school officially resumes.

She gave the update in the House of Representatives on the readiness of the government to resume school.

The Minister reiterated that face to face classes will not resume come October 5.

She says the Ministry will instead use a combination of three other modalities.

These include Online, TV, Radio, and printed lessons.

The Education Minister says approximately 30 per cent of students are already utilizing the online system.

Minister Williams says training for teachers is ongoing in relation to the new online system.

She says special attention will be given to those in deep rural communities

Fayval Williams, Minister of Education.

She was speaking this afternoon in the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, the Minister says the Ministry will soon distribute some 40 thousand tablets to students on PATH.

She also announced the provision of a subsidy to purchase a tablet or laptop for non-PATH students.

Minister Williams says the government is in talks with the PSOJ to launch a One-Laptop-or-Tablet-Per-Child initiative.

She’s calling on corporate Jamaica, NGOs, faith-based institutions, international development partners, private individuals, and the Diaspora to help equip students to be able to access online education.

Fayval Williams, Minister of Education.