Cape Town - The Western Cape's e-learning plan, which will provide free high-speed internet access to all Western Cape schools by the end of next year, will revolutionise education, Premier Helen Zille says.
The plan, which was launched on Tuesday, includes an e-learning portal which will provide teachers, pupils and parents with access to hundreds of educational resources, including applications, ebooks, courses and videos.
The provincial government is investing R3.8-billion over the next 10 years on providing high-speed broadband to all residents. A total of R2bn of this investment will be spent on connectivity at schools.
Zille said 3 350 smart classrooms, equipped with interactive whiteboards, laptops for teachers, projectors and other devices had already been installed at schools. By the end of next year, 581km of fibre optic cable would have been laid alongside an existing 1 251 km Neotel cable network.
A total of 275 schools have been connected to high-speed internet and training for thousands of teachers has been provided.