Mr. Nisbett’s comment came when he addressed students at the Charlestown Secondary School (CSS), sentiments he echoed to students at the Lyn Jeffers and Gingerland Secondary Schools, while he handed over a Tablet Personal Computer to Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Joseph Parry for the school’s principal.
He said it was a symbolic gesture that was repeated in all three Secondary Schools on Nevis but by November, fifth formers would each receive a Tablet PC while the remaining students from Form 1- 4 would each receive one by the end of the school year.
“We want you to use the computer to improve your performance. You are already doing well and we believe with the computer you will be able to do better as a student here at CSS,” he said.
Mr. Nisbett used the opportunity to urge all the secondary school students on Nevis to utilise the computer to become more competitive not only with their class mates and the other secondary school students on Nevis and St. Kitts but with students anywhere win the world. He told them if they did they would become more competitive in the global environment.
“We want you to use this computer as a tool to further your education and to be in a better position to do your necessary SBAs and whatever assignments that you may have to do in your course of study,” he said.
According to Mr. Nisbett, the computers were built with a GPS safety feature, Wi-fi capabilities and undesirable websites could not be accessed. The computer had a 1.66GHz processor, a 250GB hard drive and 2GB of memory. It had two USB ports and an Ethernet port. The operating system was the educational based system of Eubuntu. In terms of the display, the screen was about 10 inches with similar widths to the Kindle and the iPad.
The Legal Affairs Minister described the Tablet PC as a next generation computer which was unlike the traditional laptop.
“It is a next generation computer and I believe you are the next generation of this country. That is why today, we are equipping you with a next generation computer. Have good use of the computer when it comes in November,” he told the students.