'Stolen school tablets not a cause for concern'

Seven tablets have been stolen this year and five have been tracked down and returned.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) says the number of stolen tablets since paperless schooling was rolled out in January is not a cause for concern.

Seven tablets have been stolen this year and five have been tracked down and returned to the schools.

The GDE says this number also includes children taking the tablet home.

The GDE's Pumla Sekhonyane said, "It's mainly the ones that are stolen or missing from school, for various reasons of course by learners."

The department says the project has been dealt a major blow as criminals have now targeted school across Gauteng by breaking in and stealing the tablets.