Over €1m in ICT funding for local schools

Local public representatives have welcomed the news that primary and post-primary schools in Roscommon and East Galway are set to receive over €700,000 in Information and Communication Technology funding.

On average, each primary school will receive about €3,500 while each secondary school will get €15,000 following Education Minister Norma Foley’s announcement on Monday.

Independent TD Denis Naughten said it was a great boost for local students.

“Digital learning is a vital aspect of the modern curriculum, and this funding to all our local schools will help equip students with the skills and competencies they will need to thrive both in education and outside.

“It will also help make the learning experience more interactive and assist students with learning difficulties,” he said.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said the funding includes €10 million for Covid-19 specific measures to allow for remote learning

“A total of €719,857 has been allocated to 89 primary schools in County Roscommon and 9 post-primary schools with €470,313 for primary schools and €249,544 for post-primary schools, which is most welcome”.

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan also welcomed the announcement, saying: “The funding will allow schools to put in place robust systems to enable the use of digital technologies within the school, and also provide for remote learning. Those measures can include the purchase of digital devices to loan to students and teachers, software, essential learning platforms and other ICT solutions as determined by the needs of the individual school”.