articles | 29 October 2020

Cyprus ready for distance learning, says deputy minister for research

Cyprus is fully prepared to start implementing distance learning for teachers and students should the need arise, according to the Deputy minister for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Kyriakos Kokkinos.

He said that some schools that are facing problems due to the coronavirus pandemic have already partially implemented distance learning, adding that, in the event of another lockdown, they will be able fully prepared to cope.

“There are still some technical difficulties we have to sort out, like the number of computers available on the market in Cyprus or the obsolete state of some distance learning equipment in schools, but even in the current state, distance learning would still work,” he said.

Kokkinos said most of the equipment needed to implement distance learning has been ordered from abroad and that, within the next month and a half, the problem should be resolved.

Asked whether the public service is ready for a new lockdown Kokkinos said that the systems have all been upgraded and public servants would be able to work from home should they need to.

“However, I hope that would not be necessary, at least not for everyone,” he concluded.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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