IT repairs in schools nearly complete

Substantial progress has been made in the repair and maintenance of the computer networks at Cayman’s schools since Hurricane Ivan, the House was told.

‘The majority of schools have had internet access restored and their damaged equipment has been replaced,’ said Education Minister Alden McLaughlin.

Answering a question in the Legislative Assembly, Mr. McLaughlin said the ravages of Hurricane Ivan had left major infrastructural damage at John Gray High School, the Alternative Education Centre, George Hicks High School, Savannah Primary School, North Side Primary School, Bodden Town and George Town Primary and the Education Department.

Most of the computers at these sites were damaged and had to be replaced and, although not as severe, all the remaining schools sustained some damage, he said.

There were no losses to ICT equipment in Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, he added.

Mr. McLaughlin said the replacement of all the damaged IT equipment was at government’s expense.

There had been a global settlement of all the government insured properties and part of that sum was allocated to education facilities, which included ICT equipment, he said.

The government’s commitment was to ensuring that all students had access to the opportunities provided by ICT, he told the House.

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