The Government is yet to finalise a MiFi arrangement for students in need of internet connectivity.
This was confirmed by Minister of Education, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly when asked by Guardian Media for an update yesterday.
The Education Minister confirmed that discussions are ongoing with Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, on the approach to be used to have the mini mobile hotspot devices distributed to students who have not been able to properly access online classes since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed by the Government in March.
The promise to distribute 45,000 of these devices was given during the presentation of the 2021 Fiscal Package in October by Minister Imbert.
Despite ongoing discussions, Dr Gadsby-Dolly assured that the service will be made available in the first quarter of 2021. While she could not say when discussions will conclude, the Minister stated that an update will be provided when the details are ironed out.
In addition to providing MiFi, the Government is also seeking to expand existing hotspots and internet cafes in all areas of the country. This is also expected to come into effect next year.