Good news: all pupils will enjoy high-speed Internet. Bad news: 30% of pupils have no access to computers

In Romania, a proposal has been made to provide the technical facilities required for training by supplying schools with sufficient PCs and Internet access. However, the process is not following the natural order, i.e. provision of computers and then connecting them to the Internet. Instead, it is taking place exactly the other way round. Not to mention the most sensitive problem with the system: school dropout, which reached 20%.

The general objective of the plan is to establish a national campus-type integrated platform, which, as a priority, should supply secondary schools with wireless access to interconnected open data networks, including the Internet. The project will cost LEI 209 million with most of the money coming from EU funds.

While the issue of Internet access in schools seems to have been sorted out, as regards the provision of computers to schools, the situation is a real disaster. In rural areas, 20 children have to share one computer. 30% of pupils have no access to a school computer. Statistics from the National Institute of Statistics show that the 1.7 million pupils in primary and secondary schools have access to 136 365 computers.

What measures does the Commission envisage to solve the real problems in education across Member States?