Many secondary students lack access to online learning amid Covid-19 pandemic

Many second-level students in Irish schools lack access to digital devices or an effective online learning platform, according to new data.

An international report shows significant disparities between schools in Ireland compared to other developed nations in terms of digital infrastructure, which has become increasingly important during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The findings are contained in a OECD Pisa report on school policies and practices which is based on contributions gathered from 600,000 15-year-old students in 79 countries in 2018.

Almost half (45 per cent) of Irish students attended schools where the principal reported that the school’s capacity to teach was hindered by a lack of teaching staff. This is well above the OECD average of 27 per cent.

Students in Irish schools were also more likely than those in other OECD countries to attend schools where poor quality physical ininfrastructure – such as buildings, grounds, heating, lighting and acoustics –

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Guernsey Election 2020: Secondary education model

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The reform of secondary education in Guernsey has been a significant and controversial issue for years.

In March, the States voted to

“pause and review” the agreed two-school model, which itself had been approved in 2018 as an amendment to an entirely different three-school proposal.

The delay was agreed after a public campaign against the two-school model.

The deadline for a report on possible models is the end of 2020, although this was agreed before the pandemic.

As part of the BBC’s election coverage, we offered all candidates a chance to comment on a key issue.

In light of this ongoing controversy, they were asked: What is your preferred model for Guernsey’s secondary education system and why?

Nicola Young said: “Three schools with a separate sixth form.

“The schools have grown big enough. This is having a detrimental effect on our children’s mental health.

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