Students to start new school year with free tablets

Cancun, Q.R. – More than 26,000 electronic tablets have arrived in time for the beginning of the next school year.

The state of Quintana Roo is participating in the Digital Inclusion Program and Literacy (IPAD), established by the Presidency of the Republic for students and fifth grade teachers so they have the tools to raise their level of learning.

José Alberto Alonso Ovando, head of the Ministry of Education and Culture (SEyC), says that the 26,777 electronic tablets will be handed out to fifth grade students and teachers in the state at the beginning of the next school year, which is August 24.

Alonso Ovando explains that “once this process is complete, they will then begin to distribute electronic tablets in all the state primaries, which will be under the responsibility of the army.”

The teams have a code that allows them to place the tablets in the event of loss or theft. The tablets have also been pre-configured so they cannot be used for purposes other than their pre-installed educational programs.

Quintana Roo is one of the 15 states of the Republic that will have this permanent program that will continue delivering more tablets to students in the same grade.

According to the federal program, tablets are intended to support the studies of students both in the classroom and at home, so students are allowed to take their tablets home.

Jose Manuel Gil Padilla, chief of the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) in Quintana Roo, said studies provide technological tools aimed at improving the learning conditions.

The program also hopes to reduce the digital and social gaps and strengthen teaching by teachers.

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