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Sunday 18 March 2018

Nearly half of children suffering in education due to poor school broadband - survey

Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom, with Klara Keating and Tadhg Higgins
Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom, with Klara Keating and Tadhg Higgins
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Almost half of parents believe that their children's education is being negatively impacted by substandard internet at their school.

Some 46pc of primary or secondary school children are suffering as a result of unsatisfactory broadband, according to a recent Pure Telecoms parents survey.

Furthermore, one third of parents (34pc) would consider moving their child to a different school if they felt that their requirements in terms of broadband access and speeds were not being met.

The research found that the average parent spent €213 per child on internet-connected devices intended for schoolwork this year, with 16pc of children typically relying on the internet to do their homework.

Some 67pc of parents consider the strength of the internet service when choosing a school for their children.

"Access to internet-connected digital tools and resources is vital for all children living in a modern society, so it is concerning that so many parents believe their child’s educational achievement is being stunted by poor broadband speeds and access in school," Paul Connell, CEO, Pure Telecom, said.

"Not surprisingly, our research showed that the majority of those parents are living in areas outside of Dublin."

Under the Schools 100Mbps project, the Government rolled out 100Mbps broadband to over 780 post-primary schools in Ireland.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton has also launched the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Action Plan 2017, which includes €30m in ICT grants to schools, as well as a programme to enhance high-speed broadband connectivity in primary schools.

"It is great to see the Government investing in a digital strategy for schools including technologies such as interactive screens and cloud-based learning tools. The availability of high-speed broadband in all – not just secondary – schools across Ireland will be crucial to its success," said Mr Connell.

The research, carried out by Censuswide on behalf of Pure Telecom, surveyed parents of primary and secondary school children from a group of 1,001 adults.

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