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Slovakia invests in school digitization

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Slovakia's Education Ministry will invest EUR 40 million in digital technologies for teachers and students this year, Education Minister Branislav Gröhling told a news conference on Tuesday, describing the move as "the beginning of a digital jump" in the education sector.

The first pieces of equipment are due to be delivered to schools in early September. Schools will be able to apply for such assistance via calls. The minister also announced the introduction of the posts of so-called digital coordinators.

"We'll invest EUR 40 million in digital technologies for teachers and students, thus initiating a digital jump," Gröhling said, quoted by state news agency TASR, adding that it should be implemented in three waves.

According to the minister, EUR 20 million from the REACT-EU project has been already received. It will be used for primary schools to buy approximately 16,000 devices for teachers and 17,000 for pupils. Approximately 265 computer study rooms are also set to be equipped.

In the first wave, priority will be given to students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds or in material need. A total of 150 to 200 school digital technology coordinators should also be provided. They will help teachers and students to get ready to work with digital technologies and will assist them with digital content.

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