by Delly Waigeno – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Governor for the National Capital District, Powes Parkop, yesterday launched the Internet for Schools Programme here in the capital, Port Moresby.
As part of the programme, Governor Parkop will provide 10,500 3G tablets to students in NCD.
The launch took place at the Kilakila Secondary School, where the first 200 tablets were distributed.
Over 10,000 tablets will be provided to school students as part of the program which will see free internet access provided to 50 primary and secondary schools in NCD.
The program is aimed at helping students excel academically thanks to the ease of internet access. The tablets will be distributed as soon as the schedule is finalised.
NCDC has collaborated with a mobile communications company to share poles in exchange for free internet services for the schools.
The tablets will provide access to an e-learning program which consists of over 30 million documents on educational subjects such as history, arts and literature to computer science.
Kilakila Secondary School Captain, Tony Perry, thanked Governor Parkop for this new tool that will empower the younger generation with the power of knowledge at their fingertips.
The free internet access will also be of great assistance to teachers in terms of programme planning and development of teaching materials, while allowing them to access and network with other teachers across PNG and abroad.
The mobile communications company will provide a total of 10TB of internet access per month that will be shared across the schools included in the program. Overall, this will benefit the educational experience of over 55,000 primary and secondary students in NCD.