Tablets for Gauteng township schools & schools with 100% pass rate

The aim is to improve learning for students by providing digital textbooks and past papers.

Researcher Nic Spaull says more research needs to be done about the effectiveness of paperless classrooms. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Education has announced Gauteng township schools and those with 100 percent pass rate in last year's matric finals will be receiving brand new tablets when schools open on Wednesday.

The e-learning paperless classroom initiative is a five-year plan, which was introduced last year by government.

The aim is to improve learning for students by providing digital textbooks and past papers.

Education spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said, "We must start somewhere and if we had all the money in the world we would have started from lower grades. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, we can only start at the higher grades."

At the same time, socio-economic policy researcher Nic Spaull highlights more research needs to be done about the effectiveness of paperless classrooms.

"There is the question of the need for it to be evaluated because we don't even know if it works. There must be evidence to support what we are doing."