Rich-Poor Tech Divide: Kids ‘Desperate’ For Homework Left Without Laptops And Broadband

By David Dawkins

Children without PCs, laptops and tablets are falling behind in school, with some London teachers disconnected from up to a third of their classroom.

The pace of the pandemic and the U.K.’s subsequent shutdown has left some schoolchildren facing a new rich-poor technology divide while isolated from computers and facilities they would otherwise use at school computer rooms or at public libraries.

Teachers and legislators are fighting a range of homeschooling technology problems ranging from a lack of home internet, or households where email is only accessed by mobile. In some cases homeschooling is proving “impossible” for families where three, four or five siblings are using a single laptop or tablet.

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