Cabinet approves US$11.2mn program to expand IT use

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Panama's cabinet has approved the launch of an US$11.2mn program to expand technology use in the country, including the delivery of 95,000 laptops for students during the initiative's first stage, the government said on its website.

The program, presented by education minister Lucy Molinar, looks to address technological illiteracy among students and their families, and to facilitate the continuity of studies for students who miss classes.

The first delivery of 95,000 computers is expected in February, for high school and superior education students from 156 educational centers on a national level.

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Additionally, the cabinet approved a resolution authorizing the education ministry to directly contract the supply and delivery of backpacks with school supplies, which will be distributed to the students of state-run schools on a national level.