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GeoTech threatens legal action over Tablets in Schools project

Tablets in Schools project

KINGSTON, Jamaica — GeoTech Vision Jamaica has threatened legal action against the Government's technology company, eLearning Jamaica, over the termination of its US$16.6-million contract for the Tablets in Schools Programme. 

The two organisations have been at odds over claims by eLearning Jamaica that the tablets produced by GeoTech Vision did not meet requirements.


Noting that it is yet to receive a response from Prime Minister Andrew Holness to its appeal for his intervention in bringing a resolution to the dispute, GeoTech Vision said it is “now left with no recourse but to direct its attorneys to take all necessary legal steps in the courts to compel e-Learning Jamaica to conform to the provisions under contract to engage in stipulated dispute resolution mechanisms to settle any agreement which may arise in the course of the contract”.


The company said it sought the prime minister's intervention in a letter dated October 25, 2019, following a notice of termination that was issued by e-Learning Jamaica on September 16, accusing the company of failing to deliver on its contract.


It noted that in its appeal letter, it requested an independent evaluation of the quality of its tablets and the withdrawal of the termination notice issued by e-Learning Jamaica.


“GeoTech Vision has acted in good faith and e-Learning Jamaica's purported termination of the contract is without merit. For our part, we have done everything possible to accommodate requests made by e-Learning Jamaica in the interest of moving the project forward,” Managing Director of GeoTech Vision, Valrie Grant said. 


The company said it has also sought intervention from the Public Procurement Commission, with e-Learning Jamaica's portfolio Minister, Fayval Williams and Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda and it has also written to Audley Shaw as the minister responsible for small businesses to look objectively into this matter...


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