High speed broadband is only a dream for some primary schools in Wales. According to recent reports, 28 schools are experiencing slow internet speeds while using online learning resources.
It has been described as “a form of poverty for rural areas” by one of the head teachers in the area.
The Welsh government are looking into the blunder, and have stated that “Things need to change.” In November of 2017, it was announced that more funding would be pumped into making improvements.
A letter from one school published by the Welsh conservatives stated: “We can’t get anything done because the internet runs so slowly.”
“It can take the entire morning to log onto Hwb, which all Welsh students are supposed to have daily access to.”
Montgomeryshire AM Mr George states that students are lagging behind because of something as simple as not having efficient broadband connectivity.
“Unless this issue is rectified immediately, children in the rural areas are going to start achieving lower grades than their urban counterparts.”
“If the Welsh government are going to be successful in introducing the new curriculum, they are going to have to fix this problem.”
In a written response by education secretary Kirsty Williams it was stated that almost all of the schools had access to high speed internet connection.
She stated that “Only 28 schools didn’t fall into this category. Delays have been as a result of unexpected construction costs in the area which were due to inadequate telecommunications infrastructure.”
Ms Williams spokesman admitted that “Much more needed to be done to get these 28 schools up to standard.”
“We will be funding the project with an extra £5m to ensure that schools have the access to high speed internet, and that the required infrastructure is in place.”
“We are also liaising with local authorities to ensure that these schools will have what is necessary by the end of March 2017.”