The People’s Partnership Government’s laptop initiative to provide each secondary school pupil with the device may be extended with tablet computers to be given to tertiary-level students.
Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training Fazal Karim said he would soon take a note before the Cabinet for consideration and approval.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a $26 million MIC Institute of Technology in Penal on Tuesday, Karim said the electronic devices would made available to all tertiary-level students to maintain technological continuity from secondary to tertiary level.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and other members of her Cabinet.
Karim said the 17th MIC centre presented a new destination and a new future for all the citizens.
“This $26 million spanking new facility is really an opportunity for us to move from poverty to prosperity, to free us from mental slavery and to ensure we become professionals where we can access better jobs and earn more money,” he said.
Karim recalled the People’s National Movement (PNM) shut down the National Energy Skills Centre in Debe in 2010, which was reopened by the People’s Partnership Government two years later.
“Not since 2008 when the former administration opened a technology centre in Pleasantville in the constituency of San Fernando East have we had any new additional training facility added to the southern region,” he said.
Karim said the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led Government will continue to open more and present more opportunities and access for learning, education and training to ensure that citizens move from low-skilled and low-wage, to high-skilled and high-wage.