Ministry of Education presents digital transformation plan

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Education Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly. Photo by Jeff Mayers

The Ministry of Education presented its digital transformation plan for the period 2022-2027.

In a press release on Friday, he said the Cabinet-approved program “builds on the ministry’s policy on ICT (information and communication technology) in education 2018”.

It consists of 13 digital projects: E-testing, an e-book platform, an adaptive learning platform in literacy and numeracy, a student management system, open educational resources, an open national school and innovative online, student digital literacy, human resource support, school problem management system, school learning management system, student quick-response identification cards, provision of devices for staff and students, scholarships and a management platform.

Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said the ministry must provide quality, equitable and modern educational opportunities to “all learners”.

“…And the suite of digital transformation projects, when applied in a systematic and responsive manner, has the potential to do just that.”

The press release states that these plans will allow the ministry to “make strategic decisions that will impact the education sector keeping in mind current and future technological advancements, while enabling cost savings and improvements in service delivery”.

He said the benefits of some of the projects can be seen as more than 63,000 laptops and other technological devices have been distributed to students and teachers.

“In addition, each of TT’s 134 secondary schools, as of August 2022, has been equipped with Wi-Fi in its offices, libraries and common areas, and this exercise has also been carried out in some primary schools.”

He said the electronic test project will be piloted for the January 2023 CXC exams.

“The benefits of this program are far-reaching and will positively impact areas such as records management, school infrastructure management, curriculum delivery, teacher development and examination conduct.

“Ultimately, the goal is the effective development of globally competitive citizens, as students benefit from a learner-centric and digitally agile education system.”