The Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) is an examination administered in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago that is used to place students into secondary schools throughout the country. Recently, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago asked for all companies interested in providing laptops to those students who successfully pass the SEA to provide tenders to the Ministry of Education. Today, the government tender for the laptops closed, and the evaluation process began. The evaluation team is comprised of six people, two of whom represent iGovTT, the department of government put in place to realize the goal of turning Trinidad and Tobago into a developed country by the year 2020.
Several preparations are being made for the release of these laptops to the students. Policies are currently being written concerning warranty, loss, replacement, and repairs. Additionally, the Curriculum Department of the Ministry of Education is developing a curriculum with respect to the various uses of the laptops, which includes several software packages. The Ministry of Education is also working with the Ministry of Tertiary Education to train more educators in ICT use. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, the Minister of Education, announced that this project would benefit the students, the teachers, and also the school system, connecting 132 public schools, eleven private schools, and nine life centers.
(Sources: Newsday, iGovTT, and The Ministry of Education)