Best Schools: Lack of tech policy undermines schools

Programme for Government stalls on schools, and inertia and lack of funds are halting progress, writes Ian Campbell.

11th March, 2012
Best Schools: Lack of tech policy undermines schools
Ruairí Quinn, Minister for Education. Photo: PA

Stakeholders in Ireland's schools sector are growing increasingly impatient at government inertia and the failure of the Department of Education to come up with funds or a policy for technology in the classroom.

Last week's coalition update on the Programme for Government glossed over failure to implement most of the plans it had outlined for 21st century schools. The rollout of 100Mbps broadband is the only action that has materialised (*see panel*). Plans to merge...

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