Welsh Government to invest almost £40m in school broadband
THE Welsh Government is investing almost £40 million on speeding up school broadband connections.
The new Learning in Digital Wales Grant will ensure that learners are able to access faster, high-quality broadband services which are both robust and reliable.
The investment will initially comprise of £27 million for local authorities to upgrade internet connections in their schools.
Where needed, councils will also be able to provide primary and special schools with £10,000 and their secondary schools with £20,000 to improve ICT infrastructure and buy hardware to support teaching and learning. Carwyn Jones said: "We want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning, therefore we need to be able to offer our schools fast, consistent and reliable broadband services.
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"This investment will ensure that, by 2014, primary and secondary schools in Wales will have access to safe and secure world-class broadband services needed to deliver a world-class digital education.
"The grant funding represents a major step forward in changing the way schools use digital technologies, widening access and driving up standards of performance across the board."