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 –