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Government helps schools with poor internet

Government helps schools with poor internet

The government will more than eight hundred primary and secondary schools that have no or bad internet financial support with the connection charges.

Due to a lack of (fast) internet, schools can not make the best use of contemporary teaching aids, reports the Government.

It is going to schools not available to high-speed internet via cable or fiber optic cable. About 7 percent of the elementary schools and 11 percent of the high schools has no access to broadband internet.

That is why state secretary Sander Dekker (Education) and minister Kamp (Economic Affairs) together for 5.5 million euros available for schools half of the connection costs in a high-speed connection to get reimbursed.

Existing initiatives

Those costs vary; sometimes it is only connected to a local exchange is needed, sometimes it needs a cable under a railway embankment is to be placed to reach the school.

The scheme runs until 2019, schools will be able this year to claim the money. Where possible the construction of faster internet connections combined with initiatives from provinces, municipalities, companies and citizens.

The initiative is part of the breakthrough project ICT. Therein, the work of the ministries for Education and Economic affairs together with educational umbrella organisations PO-Raad and VO-raad. The PO-council called on the government in 2015 to ensure high-speed internet access in all primary schools. Previously decided the Second Room that all elementary and secondary schools this year should have access to fast internet.

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