Wealden MP Nus Ghani has welcomed the announcement that 934 laptops and tablets so far are being distributed to disadvantaged pupils across East Sussex. These are part of the 700,000 devices that will have been delivered across England.
Over 100,000 were delivered last week alone, and by the end of the week more than 700,000 laptops and tablets will have been delivered to schools and local authorities.
The Government has also announced that a further 300,000 devices will be made available to pupils across the country, taking the total number of laptops and tablets for disadvantaged young people up to 1.3 million.
These extra devices are part of the Government’s mission to give every child a high-quality remote education while schools are closed.
Other measures the Government has taken include providing more than 54,000 4G routers to schools and colleges across England, ensuring that no child’s education is prohibited by a lack of internet access, and working in partnership with the UK’s leading mobile phone operators, including EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone, to deliver free internet access for those students until July 2021.
Nus Ghani said: “The difficult decision to close schools and colleges was not taken lightly, but is necessary if we are to keep the new variant of the virus at bay in Wealden and across the country.
"While nothing can ever replace the benefits of learning in a classroom for our children and young people, it is vital that we do all we can to give every child access to a high-quality remote education until schools are allowed to re-open.
"I am pleased that the 934 devices will help make this a reality, ensuring that no child’s education is hindered because of their background, location or their circumstances."
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