Posted on January 6, 2014 4:52 PM   |   Permanent Link   

Sean Kenny, the Dublin Bay North Labour TD and member of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, has welcomed the announcement by ministers Pat Rabbitte and Ruairi Quinn, that every secondary school in Ireland will have access to 100Mbp/s connectivity by the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year.

"The national roll-out of broadband connectivity will see all secondary schools with 100Mbp/s broadband connections. This has already been installed in 516 schools so
far. The final phase this year will see another 270 schools connected across Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow."

"Completing the national programme will mean that all our secondary schools will have be equipped with top-of-the range future proofed broadband, enabling and motivating schools to utilise the teaching and learning opportunities that the internet provides."

"The final phase of the 100Mbp/s Schools Network announced today will help the direction of the new Digital Strategy in our schools recently announced by Minister Quinn. This will give schools the roadmap for optimising the use of technology in the classroom. I also welcome news that the Department of Education & Skills is developing this strategy in consultation with schools, parents, industry and academics."

"A modern broadband infrastructure in all of our secondary schools enhances the education of our young people, and gives them exposure to the world in a way that could not have been thought possible even two decades ago. As this infrastructure is future proofed, it will ensure that future generations of young people will also benefit. This will be of great benefit to Ireland, both as an economy and as a society."