2014 Ja Back to School List: Books, Bag, Bucket o’ Water…

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A couple of years ago when folks were especially gung-ho about introducing tech (e.g., tablets) into Jamaican schools as the way to improve the education system, I pointed out that too many schools still had pit latrines, and suggested that perhaps the focus should be on upgrading those basic facilities before pushing ahead with integrating tech into our curricula. I was told — with scoffing exuberance — that surely we could focus on integrating tech and upgrading from pit latrines at the same damn time *Diddy’s voice*. I remained skeptical given my observations of how the GOJ has operated (not just current administration) and my expectations for how it would continue to operate. I felt I was being realistic.