156 schools in Kerry set to avail of €1million in ICT funding

156 primary and post-primary schools in Kerry are expected to avail of €986,916 in funding in ICT digital infrastructure grants.
It forms part of a 30 million euro announced for schools to purchase digital equipment ahead of the introduction of coding and computer science to the curriculum.
Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin has welcomed the announcement.
The funding supports the implementation of eLearning Plans for schools, including the purchase of teaching computers, laptops, tablets, projectors, interactive flat screens and cloud based learning applications.
Under the scheme, rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €22.20 per mainstream pupil in primary schools, with additional per capita payments for pupils in DEIS schools, Special Classes and Special Schools.
At post-primary, the rates payable are €2,000 per school plus €31.90 per student, with additional per capita payments for students in DEIS schools.
Announcing the funding, Education and Skills Minister Richard Bruton said ICT infrastructure investment is crucial as coding and computer science is introduced into the curriculum.
The ICT grants will be made available to schools in the coming weeks, with €210 million to be invested in Irish schools over the next five years.