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Gauteng schools to pilot paperless teaching programme

The schools will receive state-of-the-art internet connections at no expense to government.

Pupils from Phomolong secondary school in Tembisa will this year be using tablets in the classroom. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says several schools in Tembisa are set to pilot a paperless education programme.

He adds the institutions will receive state-of-the-art internet connections at no expense to government.

Lesufi will this week conduct a number of visits at seven schools in the township north of Johannesburg after supplying students and teachers with tablets and training to conduct lessons online.

He says the use of textbooks and chalkboards during lessons has proven to waste crucial learning time, especially in poorer schools that do not have enough resources for everyone.

He says South Africa's internet providers are compelled by the Constitution to contribute to online teaching and have not hesitated to do so.

"I've got the best broadband fibre option connected to all the seven schools without paying a single cent on the basis of the constitutional mandate of this government."