With the start of the new academic year on Wednesday, schools in Gauteng will enter into a new area of teaching and learning. The Big Switch On will take place in Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa to signal the official rollout of paperless classrooms in Gauteng.
Seven schools will start the academic year paperless, migration from paper to e-learning solutions. These schools will experience for the first time state of the art technology to support effective teaching and learning in the classroom. “The Big Switch On” will see classrooms in 7 schools in Gauteng being turned into Classrooms of the Future, enabling learners to have access to learning material, workbooks and other subject matter through the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT).
“I see no reason why a chalkboard and a duster cannot be declared history because every learner will have a tablet and an interactive board, every teacher will have something to work on as a device,” said Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
The idea of paperless classrooms is a game-changing project that is going to transform and improve the standard of education in the province.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will join Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 to launch the pilot programme, where they will distribute tablets to learners.
The Big Switch On Pilot Project is the first step in realising Gauteng’s vision which aspires to build a world-class education system by modernising public education and improve the standard of performance of the entire system. On the same day all Members of the Executive Council (MECs) in Gauteng will be deployed to six other schools as part of the Big Switch On launch and the school re-opening campaign.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, will after the Big Switch On Launch, visit Soshanguve South School as part of the school re-opening campaign.