Over 300 Gauteng public schools to receive tablets

The rollout is part of the departments ‘wired for life’ campaign that will see classrooms go paperless.

FILE: Pupils from Phomolong secondary school in Tembisa are using tablets in the classroom. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of school pupils gathered at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto for an address by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

The MEC was in Soweto for an imbizo with matric pupils who will be receiving tablets.

Tomorrow marks the second phase of the department's e-learning initiative that will see paperless classroom systems going online, with pupils in over 300 Gauteng public schools receiving tablets.

The rollout is part of the departments 'wired for life' campaign where grade 12 pupils at public schools will receive tablets with unlimited data bundles.

Teachers have also been given laptops and classrooms have been fitted with smart boards for the new e-learning system.

Lesufi says the department is committed to investing in the futures of young South Africans especially those from disadvantaged communities.

"I'm tired of producing learners who will be unemployed. I'm tired that young girls feel that sugar daddies are the future."

Lesufi told school pupils that as of tomorrow their learning experiences would be transformed.

However, Lesufi has told pupils that the tablets are for education and not social networks.

"You are not allowed to go on Facebook and you are not allowed to WhatsApp."

Teachers have spent the mid-year school holidays preparing for the paperless education system starting tomorrow.


In April, the Gauteng Department of Education said the number of stolen tablets since paperless schooling was rolled out in January was not a cause for concern.

By that time seven tablets had been stolen and five had been tracked down and returned to the schools.

The department said this number also included children taking the tablet home.

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

The department said the project had been dealt a major blow as criminals targeted school across Gauteng by breaking in and stealing the tablets.