5th February 2018
The DES today published circular 0011/2018: Grant Scheme for ICT Equipment – 2017/2018 School Year. (pdf)
The INTO recognises the potential of ICT to enhance, enrich and extend children’s learning in primary schools and welcomes this much-needed investment in ICT infrastructure.
However, INTO notes with disappointment that the per capita allocation of funds at primary level is significantly lower than the allocation at post-primary level (€21.47 versus €31.22).
Further, for the vast majority of primary schools, broadband capacity is currently grossly inadequate. To effectively harness the learning potential of new digital equipment and cloud-based applications, high-speed broadband for all primary schools is a necessity.