Thursday, 1 October 2015

Questions (231)

Michael McGrath

Question:

231. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of providing a free laptop computer to every child in the State over five years of age, as recently suggested by the Minister for Finance; if such a proposal has been considered by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33856/15]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I have not considered any proposal for the provision of a free laptop to every child over five years of age in the State.

The Digital Strategy for Schools will be published shortly and sets out an ambitious five year plan to further embed ICT in teaching, learning and assessment. Under this Strategy my Department will identify a set of funding priorities annually over the lifetime of the Digital Strategy and the provision of IT equipment to schools will be considered in this context.