Gauteng learners officially ‘wired for life’

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi officially launched the paperless classroom programme in Soweto today.

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JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has officially launched the paperless classroom programme set to be implemented in rural and township schools across the province.

Dubbed 'wired for life', the programme includes the usage of interactive boards, laptops and tablets with complete internet connectivity, a pilot project started earlier this year at schools in Tembisa and Hamanskraal.

#PaperlessClassroom WATCH video of educator teaching her pupils using the digital board. @MasegoRahlaga pic.twitter.com/4kPS2ZXark

Chalk boards will soon be completely scrapped and replaced with digital ones in all Gauteng schools.

The provincial Education Department has selected 375 high schools with matric classes in rural and township areas which will be equipped with the technological programme.

#PaperlessClassroom camera in classrooms, Lesufi uses his phone, from wherever he is, to see what's going on. MR pic.twitter.com/OioYyjxDVa

Lesufi said over 4,000 classrooms have been refurbished, ceilings replaced and fitted with specialised lighting for this project.

At least 17,000 tablets have been purchased for matric pupils, and 18,000 digital or interactive boards fitted into classrooms at the targeted schools.

#PaperlessClassroom Lesufi: these children will not be queuing for RDP houses, they will afford to buy their own homes. MR

#PaperlessClassroom Lesufi: I want to create entrepreneurs. These children will not earn a salary, they will pay salaries. MR