EDUCATION: Digital devices for 700,000 children

16 Aug 2021 

Tackling digital inequality

By Lucy Ashton

Work to provide every school pupil in Scotland with a laptop or tablet has started.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville, PICTURED RIGHT,  has confirmed discussions with local government are underway to deliver the ambitious commitment, which will benefit 700,000 children.

We are also considering how to deliver consistent digital infrastructure across Scotland’s 2,500 school buildings. The announcement delivers on another commitment for the first 100 days of this government.

Ms Somerville said:  “Every child has the right to an education and we believe that means an education supported and enhanced by technology. This as a vital aspect of an education system in the digital age which was clearly demonstrated by the pandemic.

“This is a hugely ambitious programme of work that will build on efforts to tackle digital inclusion during the pandemic. These early talks with Scottish councils are a positive step towards delivering this commitment.”

The Scottish Government says it has committed that by the end of this parliamentary session, all 700,000 school-aged pupils in Scotland will have access to an appropriate digital device, and where necessary an internet connection, to support their learning.

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