Thousands of students will be lent computers and internet modems in NSW, in addition to Wi-Fi models for disadvantaged students unable to access online lessons at home, News Corp reports.
News Corp reported that NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell was working with telecommunications companies to facilitate free internet or extra download capacity for disadvantaged students.
“We have been surveying schools to identify those students who do not have access to the internet or devices, and we are in the process of delivering thousands of devices and technology support to help students access work online,” Ms Mitchell told the publication.
“We are making sure that every student receives quality education no matter what access to technology they have.”
Some schools comprising students who predominately lack internet access will instead be sent hard copies, which will need to be returned to collection boxes set up in the front of schools, sent by post or scanned and emailed to teachers.
Students will reportedly not face punishment if they finish their work outside normal school hours as part of a plan to support working parents.
The education department is also working on plans for online fitness, singing and dancing classes. Tests in public schools are not taking place this term with the exception of Year 12 assessment tests.
The education department website provides further information on working from home and the department is offering a range of teaching resources, student materials, parent and carer advice and assistance for teachers who require support with planning lessons or using technology.