934 laptops and tablets have been provided to disadvantaged children so far across Uckfield and the rest of East Sussex.
This is part of 700,000 devices provided across England – as part of the Government’s mission to ensure every child has access to high-quality remote education while schools are closed.
4G routers are also being provided to schools and colleges across the country, to further ensure that children’s education doesn’t suffer due to a lack of internet access. Working with mobile phone operators, free internet access will be provided for those pupils until July.
Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden said: “The difficult decision to close schools and colleges was not taken lightly, but is necessary if we are to keep the new variant of the virus at bay in Wealden and across the country. While nothing can ever replace the benefits of learning in a classroom for our children and young people, it is vital that we do all we can to give every child access to a high-quality remote education until schools are allowed to re-open. I am pleased that the 934 devices will help make this a reality, ensuring that no child’s education is hindered because of their background, location or their circumstances.”