‘Paperless classrooms project is above board’

The DA warned the project would be another failure due to the services of Edu-Solution.

FILE: A Boitumelong Secondary School pupil listens attentively during a lesson, Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNEBSURG - The Gauteng Education Department says its paperless classrooms project is completely above board after the Democratic Alliance (DA) warned the project would be another failure, similar to the Limpopo textbook disaster, due to the department awarding the tender to service provider Edu-Solution.

But the department says it sought legal advice on the matter and it was decided that it was not necessary to appoint a new service provider.

The department's Phumla Sekhonyane says strict mechanisms are also in place to deter corruption or non-delivery.

"The MEC sought legal advice on whether we should seek a new contract for learner support material, and basically the legal advice we received was that the services we are looking for fall within the scope of an already existing contract."

Last week Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi 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 Hammanskraal.

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.