BT has funded a new scheme that allows disadvantaged students to access the internet for free.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all and it has caused schools to temporarily close. Whilst students are still able to study from home and are taking online lessons, some households may not have internet access due to affordability, which is crucial.
A new scheme had been announced by the Department for Education and has been funded by BT. This scheme aims to provide 10,000 vouchers for disadvantaged students in England. The vouchers will provide access to five million Wi-Fi hotspots for six months.
Academies and local authorities will be asked to bid for vouchers for the families in their schools that do not have internet access or cannot afford broadband packages. The Department of Education will decide on the allocations of vouchers.
There are also concerns of a ‘digital divide’, on a larger scale, due to disadvantaged families not being able to provide their children with a computer and reliable internet access that is needed for them to study from home.
Nick Gibb, the School Standards Minister, stated that “Everything possible will be done to make sure no child, whatever their background, falls behind as a result of coronavirus”.
In addition to this support scheme, schools have been providing laptops to their students that do not have access to a computer at home.
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