Date
12 December 2017
Providing students with tablet computers will foster an atmosphere of electronic learning. Photo: CHSC
Providing students with tablet computers will foster an atmosphere of electronic learning. Photo: CHSC

Govt eyes WiFi network, tablet subsidies for public schools

Hong Kong’s Education Bureau has proposed to install a Wi-Fi network for public primary and secondary schools across a three-year period starting from the 2015-2016 academic year, with a HK$100,000 (US$12,900) subsidy for each school for purchase of tablet computers, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Although the subsidy is only sufficient to acquire 30 tablets for each school, according to sources, the bureau said the main purpose is to nurture an atmosphere of electronic learning and encourage students to bring their own electronic devices to school.

The bureau is also proposing an annual subsidy of HK$70,000 for schools to buy or replace tablet computers and for Wi-Fi network maintenance, the report said.

She Mang, chief of the bureau’s curriculum development office, said schools should not be tempted to buy low-priced tablets, which will more costly in the long run since such models are of inferior quality.

James Lam, chairman of the Hong Kong Subsidized Secondary Schools Council, said it is difficult to ask students to bring their own devices at this stage and 30 tablets for a school is not sufficient. Government subsidy should be increased to support the purchase of 120 tablets per school, Lam was quoted as saying.

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