Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs Alan Kelly has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte and the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn that every second level school in Ireland will have access to 100Mbp/s connectivity by the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year.
The Ministers made this statement as they launched the final stage of the national roll-out of the 100Mbp/s broadband connectivity to all second-level schools.
With high speed broadband already installed in 516 schools through the project, the announcement details a further 270 schools to be connected across nine southern counties (Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow) throughout 2014.
The Government made a commitment in the Programme for Government to incorporate ICT in teaching and learning across the curriculum and this investment in connectivity is a cornerstone in making that a reality.
Minister Kelly said that he is delighted that by the start of the 2014/2015 school year every second level school in Tipperary will have access to high speed internet.
Minister Kelly added - “Since the rollout began, we have seen that the educational experience is enriched, engagement is better and that autonomous learning and enquiry is facilitated through the innovative use of technology.”