€10 million to assist schools and students with virtual learning announced

Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell has said newly announced measures will provide €10 million in funds for schools to purchase tablets, laptops and other electronic devices that can be used by students during the disruption to the school term.

Deputy Farrell explained, “The funds will boost the existing ICT grant package for schools which in January stood at €40 million which will now be increased by €10 million and be distributed in the coming weeks.”

“This will mean that students that currently don’t own or do not have access to the necessary technology will not be left behind. Teachers and Principals around the country have been working hard to make sure that their students receive the highest possible standard of education while school buildings are shut. Key to this is making sure students have access to the tools that allow them to carry on with their studies.”

Deputy Farrell said, “Schools are being asked that they prioritise Leaving Certificate students or students with upcoming exams under this scheme.”

“This is a stressful time for many students in our community, who are worried about the impact school closures will have on their ability to study and learn. I am pleased that this increase in funding will ease some of their concerns.”

Deputy Farrell added, “No child should be left isolated form their education due to their economic circumstances, providing them with the equipment that is needed will allow them to reach their full potential.”