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Special fund announced to buy technology for disadvantaged students

The special €10 million fund will support the purchase of technology and devices for disadvantaged students

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The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has today announced a special €10 million fund to support the purchase of technology and devices for disadvantaged students.

Special fund announced to buy technology for disadvantaged students 

A total of €7 million in extra funding will be given to secondary schools and €3 million for primary schools. Speaking about the fund Minister McHugh said “Providing €10 million for schools now to buy devices like laptops is going to be a huge help to students and teachers as part of our response to COVID-19."

“Schools are being asked to prioritise exam classes, and then to look at where else access to technology is most needed. I am confident this will make a real difference to thousands of students and provide the technology they need to be able to access online supports.”

Zero-rated sites to give students free access to information

The Department is also working with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and telecoms companies through Ibec, a lobbying group for Irish businesses, to make a number of websites that students will need to study “zero-rated”. Zero-rated means that students would be able to access these sites without using their data. 

Minister McHugh added: “At this time it is imperative we go further as a society to support more vulnerable young people. By redirecting funding we are focusing our attention on where it is needed, with a priority on Leaving Certificate students. Combined with an emphasis on wellbeing, this funding will help to give students the tools they need to succeed.”

Read our Guide for Leaving Cert students during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

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Published April 22nd2020
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