29th January - Majority of Primary Schools still without Broadband

Majority of Primary Schools still without Broadband.

Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) President, Mr Brendan McCabe, called on the Minister for Communications, Mr Alex White, to ensure primary schools are treated the same as their secondary counterparts and provided with high speed broadband as a matter of urgency.

According to Mr McCabe, “Primary schools have, mainly through the efforts of their own fundraising, purchased expensive interactive whiteboards for nearly every classroom. Lots of schools have invested in literacy and numeracy software, which links to the internet. They need access to decent broadband. The current position is like having bought a powerful car but discovering it has been restricted to a crawl as it has only one gear.


He concluded by telling members the Department of Education assure the IPPN that schools who don’t want to use electronic systems have the option to continue with manual record keeping.

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