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ICT infrastructure grant for primary schools 03/01/17

INTO criticises inadequate ICT infrastructure grant for primary schools

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Press Release
Irish National Teachers’ Organisation

INTO criticises inadequate ICT infrastructure grant for primary schools

The INTO today described the ICT infrastructure grants for primary schools announced today as totally inadequate. The primary teachers’ union said the overall level of the grant was insufficient to meet the needs of schools in replacing obsolete ICT equipment.

Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO said the funding equated to just 40 euro per child of which nine euro would go straight back to government in taxes. She said the announcement failed to address key concerns of primary schools such as access to reliable high speed broadband.

Ms Nunan said today’s announcement would not provide for the upgrading of equipment and also failed to provide any commitment to technical support to schools. She also said neither could the Department gloss over the fact that primary schools have overcrowded classes and inadequate funding while promotional opportunities for teachers have been slashed. Ms Nunan called for a post of responsibility for ICT to be established in every school.

The union also said there was no justification for funding of €22.20 per mainstream pupil in primary schools compared with €31.90 per pupil at second level.

The INTO said today’s announcement would not support ICT in every primary classroom. Ms Nunan said the Department of Education and Skills could not pretend to support the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students on this level of funding.

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