School pupils to be given laptops to bridge ‘digital divide’

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Every school child in Scotland will be given a new laptop in a bid to bridge the ‘digital divide’.

That is a pledge from the SNP if the electorate return them to government following the Holyrood elections in May.

John Swinney set out the policy, that will cost around £350m, at the party’s campaign conference on Sunday.

Every pupil from P1 to S6 will be provided with an age appropriate laptop, for use is school and at home, that will come with a free internet connection.
Swinney says the programme will also provide technical support and training for teachers.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie announced his plans to tackle the attainment gap by extending Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) as part of the party’s Education Bounce Back plan.

Meanwhile Scottish Conservatives leader told Sky News that Alex Salmond’s new Alba party is “more likely to harm unionist parties” than the SNP and said his offer to “get round the table” with Labour and the Lib Dems still stands.

And as Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar got his election campaign underway he said: “This election must be about the families of Scotland not the clashing egos of this SNP psychodrama.”