The Free State Department of Education in collaboration with Closed-Loop Learner Network (CLN), is set to give out “unhackable” tablets to 20 000 pupils in the province by the end of 2019. This initiative is a bid to try to stop robbers from stealing technology from schools.
According to The Citizen, the initiative is in partnership with private sector companies like MTN, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Shuter & Shooter and WIZZR Technologies, with it piloting test tablets to 1 000 students late last year.
“We understand that we cannot alleviate crime or theft from happening and we have been hacked twice before, both through hardware and software, but we have worked hard on it in partnership with WIZZR Technologies and we have now produced a device that cannot be easily wiped out or hacked into,” said co-founder of CLN, Micheal Rocke.
Rocke added that the devices would be useless and valueless for any criminals looking to steal the Omang-branded tablets and resell them. She added the devices were strictly for educational purposes and therefore only had preloaded textbooks in accordance to the pupil’s needs and had access to educational websites such as Wikipedia and Everything Maths by Siyavula.
“The prevention of hacking was a journey and that they now had specialists who were constantly evaluating the system to prevent it from happening again, if there are any reports of theft, the device would automatically be shut down and taken off the network,” added co-founder of CLN, Ajit Gopalakrishan.