OLPC laptops underused due to low connectivity, lack of teacher training

Friday, September 30, 2011

Low internet connectivity and lack of teacher training have restricted the benefits of the One Laptop per Child program in Peru, the education ministry's deputy minister of teaching management, Martín Vegas, was quoted as saying by state news agency Andina.

"A large number of laptops that have been distributed are underused. The priority right now is to train teachers" to use these computers, Vegas said.

This problem prevents students from benefiting as much as possible from the devices, intended to improve their education.

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Lack of internet access has also affected laptop use. "If there is no connectivity, these computers have big technical restrictions, and students cannot benefit from using them," according to Vegas.

Through July, more than 500,000 OLPC laptops have been distributed in Peru, mainly to primary school students.