Vincyclassroom, the online educational resource created as an initiative of the NDP and spearheaded by Opposition Senator Hon. Vynnette A. Frederick has recorded more than 50, 000 visits to its pages since it first went public in January of 2012.

Vincyclassroom, the online educational resource created as an initiative of the NDP and spearheaded by Opposition Senator Hon. Vynnette A. Frederick has recorded more than 50, 000 visits to its pages since it first went public in January of 2012. Over the past five months, the site has played a major role in providing useful and positive educational content for students and teachers in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Senator Frederick explained that she is pleased with what the numbers indicate. “If the traffic to the site is anything to go by, our numbers indicate that young people have been visiting the Common Entrance Past Papers by the thousands. And what is interesting is that we are recording visits by persons from places as diverse as Israel, Kenya and Nigeria along with our neighbours throughout the Caribbean Region, North America and Europe. Not bad at all for an education based website.”
Frederick also indicated that the website would be undergoing a review and revamp in order to make it more user friendly and more attractive to the age groups being aimed at in the project. “Our developers have been working to look at user comments and the entire set up of the site to make improvements to encourage even more users to benefit from the information available online. Hinting that the push is being made to increase local content she indicated that local content would come in the form of tutorials, the ability of users to communicate with tutors at specified times to get question and answer feedback and “one or two other surprises.” Frederick shared the fact that Vincyclassroom’s workforce is all voluntary. “The fact that Vincentians are giving their time freely to see the site progress is tremendous. It also means sometimes we have to wait, and that can pose a challenge especially when we need to keep our updates regular and interesting.”
As the Opposition’s Shadow Minister of Culture, Science, Telecommunications and Information and Technology (ICT) Frederick was quick to point out that the NDP’s approach to technology is to think ahead of the curve in order to maximize the opportunities that exist before the next innovation renders that approach obsolete. “The task which exists is monitoring trends and developments in the sector and choosing what and how we implement. The goal is to implement at the speed of technology, not at the speed of government. The NDP has always said that a goal of and NDP led government would be to provide reliable island wide wireless internet connectivity, at no cost to the public. This is not just something that we think we can achieve; it is something that would immediately make us more marketable than our neighbours and more attractive as a destination for visitors and investors alike.”

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