Following a meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Committee where Departmental Officials confirmed that 240,000 of the some 340,000 students in Northern Ireland are not using online classes during the COVID 19 pandemic, SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan has called on the Minister to investigate the issues causing the lack of uptake.
Mr McCrossan commented: “It is hugely worrying that a vast majority of students in the North have not engaged with online classes since schools have been closed.
“Not only could this impact on educational outcomes and exams, but it also calls into question whether other means of teaching students have been successfully deployed.
“The root causes of this problem need to be investigated immediately. I have written to the Minister requesting that his Department review this issue immediately and propose recommendations. This could have a hugely detrimental impact on students should online classes be inaccessible for many.”