26 September 2023

Home internet scheme has students online

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A new program launched by the Department of Education to ensure students have adequate internet access at home is now open for families to apply for 2023.

According to the Department of Education, the Student Home Internet Program aims to provide disadvantaged students the same opportunities as others to complete homework requirements and extended learning at home.

The Department first considered the program pre-COVID, when digital strategy consultations found that some students had unsatisfactory or no internet available at home.

Remote learning during COVID further highlighted the need for a support program.

Acting Chief Information Officer with the Department for Education, Dan Hughes said the program was open to all SA Government school students who don’t have adequate home internet access, and it will see families supplied with a dongle (if required), SIM card and internet access until the end of 2023.

“Reliable internet access enables students to study online at home and extends their learning opportunities,” Mr Hughes said.

“At a time when some families may be struggling with the cost of living, the program is offering support to ensure all students have access to the internet at home to help with their education,” he said.

“Not only will the program provide a service to students to bridge any digital inequity, but it also allows teachers to design more learning experiences that use digital technology.”

The program will begin in term one of 2023, with applications for the service now open on the Department’s website.

Parents or guardians must complete and sign a user agreement that states it is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to supervise their child while using the mobile internet service and that the service has been provided for educational use only.

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