Coronavirus Qld: Government to use TV to keep children learning during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 12, 2020 by

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk provided a coronavirus updated on Sunday.

The Queensland government will announce plans by Tuesday to use television – initially the ABC – to get school classes to children where internet coverage is patchy.

More than 22,000 Queensland children will have free access to community kindergartens and schoolchildren stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis will have television as a new teaching aid in the remote classroom.

Queensland confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 983 as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned the government was a “long way from lifting restrictions” aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

While announcing the $17 million plan kindergarten plan on Sunday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk dropped a hint of the government’s plans to educate children who stay at home after the Easter holidays.

The Queensland Teachers’ Union later confirmed the plan to use TV as part of the teaching solution.

Asked on Sunday about Education Queensland’s approach to maintaining access to school work for all students when schools return from April 20, Ms Palaszczuk accepted there were “issues with the internet access” in some areas.

“But they can also get hard copies of the curriculum,” she said.

“But we will also be looking at other means that people will be able to get options for study, hopefully using some television networks as well.”

Neither the Premier nor Education Minister Grace Grace would reveal any details on Sunday.

“We will talk about that when we talk about what’s happening in schools in term two,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“So you won’t have to wait too much longer.”

Source: Coronavirus Qld: Government to use TV to keep children learning during COVID-19 pandemic

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