Seven out of every ten parents and teachers interviewed in research carried out by the Auditor General’s Office said the tablets project ‘One tablet per child’ has helped students in their educational career.
The research was part of a verification project on the use of tablets in schools and it was noted that some students are not taking their tablet to school, do not recharge tablets at home and experience tablet connectivity with the network at school.
The research exercise also established that the use of tablets by students and teachers was not being done in a uniform manner in all schools.
In the report presented by Auditor General Charles Deguara to the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies it was stated that 70% of the teachers and parents who participated in the research regard the scheme to have had a very positive effect and in a general manner is helping students in their educational career.
The research exercise indicated that almost 20% of teacher responses showed that students are not taking their tablets to school on a daily basis and these were only being used when an activity was planned.
It was also established that use was irregularly spread among all the academic subjects and half of teacher responses indicated that tablets were not being used on educational outings organised by schools as well as not on family outings.
The verification report shows that the mathematics and English Language apps were more appreciated by parents and teachers, more than the Maltese Language app, science, social studies and religion.
Some students do not take their tablets to school, do not recharge their tablets at home and experience connectivity problems with school networks, batteries and speed processing. Support services were not disposable in the same manner among different Primary Schools.