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Government misses opportunity to take leadership on smartphones in schools once again – Funchion

22 May, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education Kathleen Funchion TD expresses disappointment that there has been no leadership from the Minister for Education Richard Bruton around the use of smartphones and tablets in schools.

Teachta Funchion said:

“The Minister had an opportunity to take a leadership role in the use of smartphones and tablets by students in schools.

“Of course, consultation with parents, teachers, schools and students is vital when it comes to developing individual school policy. However, the overarching policy governing the use of tablets and smartphones should be coming from the Department.

“There already exists huge chasms of difference between schools in this country where children experience huge disadvantage in particular schools or areas when compared to other schools.

“There are children who will have the best of ICT products at their disposal, while other families cannot afford to purchase full school uniforms and books for their children let alone buy new tablets which will obviously place these children at a distinct disadvantage immediately.

“Schools most certainly should have the autonomy to develop a policy on this in conjunction with the parents, teachers and students to best meet the needs of that school, however this should be done with the leadership of the Department of Education and Skills as a starting point to ensure that equality and the best interest of all children accessing education are met.” 

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