Laptops for all our teachers

COMPUTERISED FUTURE: Chairperson of iBurst Thami Mtshali shows off one of the laptops to be presented to Soweto school teachers in Teacher Laptop Initiative. Pic.TSHEPO KEKANA. 09/02/2010. © Sowetan.

2010/02/09.tjk. CEO of iBurst Thami Mtshali presents one of the laptops to be handed to Soweto school teachers during the official launch of One Teacher One Laptop lead by SADTU on the 09th of February 2010. PHOTO: TSHEPO KEKANA.
COMPUTERISED FUTURE: Chairperson of iBurst Thami Mtshali shows off one of the laptops to be presented to Soweto school teachers in Teacher Laptop Initiative. Pic.TSHEPO KEKANA. 09/02/2010. © Sowetan. 2010/02/09.tjk. CEO of iBurst Thami Mtshali presents one of the laptops to be handed to Soweto school teachers during the official launch of One Teacher One Laptop lead by SADTU on the 09th of February 2010. PHOTO: TSHEPO KEKANA.

Teachers in Soweto were on Tuesday night among the first in the country to receive laptops from iBurst in a Teacher Laptop Initiative.

Teachers in Soweto were on Tuesday night among the first in the country to receive laptops from iBurst in a Teacher Laptop Initiative.

The initiative is part of a partnership that the SA Democratic Teachers Union Soweto region has with iBurst.

The principal of Durban Deep Primary School, Sherrol Molete, was one of the teachers who received a laptop.

"As far as I am concerned, the laptop is a gift. I did not order it and was not aware that I was going to get it. It will help me with running the school," she said.

iBurst chairperson Thami Mtshali said it was important for teachers to have laptops. He said by next week, his company would have given out 1500 laptops.

Sadtu regional secretary Ronald Nyathi said: "iBurst is our preferred supplier. They will ensure that all teachers have working laptops. The education of the black child will improve because of these laptops."

The initiative was concluded after the department of education allegedly snubbed a mobile computer contract with Rectron. Sadtu nearly signed a R330million deal with Rectron to provide its 240000 members with ultra-mobile low-cost notebooks. The project was supposed to have been launched last July but was delayed until December.

Next month teachers will be able to buy laptops which the government will subsidise by R130 a month.

The president of the National Association of Professional Teachers Organisation of SA, Nkwai Ramasehla, said yesterday: "We will know all the formalities by the end of February. By 2011, all teachers in the country should have laptops. Teachers will also be taken for computer training to ensure that they use the laptops to the learners' advantage."

Microsoft SA, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lenovo, MTN, Telkom, Sahara, Symantec, Dimension Data, Dell, Fujistu, Vodacom, MTN, Mustek and Adobe have all been named as preferred suppliers.

The project, managed by the Education Labour Relations Council, aims to equip about 400000 teachers with laptops in an effort to improve the overall quality of education in public schools.

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