Extra security measures for paperless schools

Panyaza Lesufi says there will be coordinated effort between police and the community to guard the equipment.

FILE: Six Gauteng schools will be turned into paperless classrooms. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says extra security measures have been put in place at schools that will pilot the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education project.

Six schools in the province will be turned into paperless classrooms where pupils will be learning from computers and tablets instead of textbooks.

The schools will also receive state of the art internet connections.

Lesufi will launch the E-learning initiative at the Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa later today.

He says there will be a coordinated effort between police and the community to safeguard the equipment.

"We have put the most sophisticated tracking devices in all the tools. The police are trying to put one in one of their systems as well. So if you take a tablet from a child, we will be in a position to track it back."

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

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