Wi-Fi in schools essential for learning

26/02/2013

With the government taking steps to improve the computer literacy of schoolchildren and revolutionise the entire education system via the introduction of digital learning platforms, the installation of fully-accessible Wi-Fi connections in schools is now becoming essential.

This is according to Valerie Thompson of the E-Learning Foundation, who claims many pupils may be at risk of missing out on the new digitised education system because their school does not provide sufficient internet access, the BBC reports.

Speaking in response to recent study on Wi-FI connections in primary and secondary schools across the UK, Ms Thompson said reliable internet coverage is now "vital to a 21st century learning environment".

The report, which was conducted by market research company C3 Education on behalf of Besa, found that just 22 per cent of secondary schools and 28 per cent of primary schools had Wi-Fi in most or all classrooms, while 39 per cent of secondary schools and roughly half of all primary schools were found to offer connections in only a few or no classrooms.