TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Increase in remote learning for Tasmanian students further highlights digital divide

24 February 2022

As COVID-19 school outbreaks across the state steadily increase and force more Tasmanian families to revert to remote learning, TasCOSS is again calling on the Tasmanian Government to ensure all government school students have access to devices and data.

TasCOSS CEO Ms Adrienne Picone said with K-12 students now back at school full-time and over 41 schools across the state currently reporting outbreaks, learning from home and regular isolation periods for students and their families is presenting a number of access issues for students not equipped to learn remotely.

“Students forced into rolling isolation over the coming months need to have access to devices and data, amongst other essential services, to ensure they can continue learning without disruption,” Ms Picone said.

“To ensure no one is left offline, TasCOSS is again calling on the Tasmanian Government to provide all government school students from late primary school upwards, with devices and access to data.”

Ms Picone said in today’s world, digital access and skills were essential for many functions, be it remote learning, seeking assistance or social interaction.

“A digitally included Tasmania is one where all Tasmanians participate in our digital economy to find and maintain work, access education, health services and government services, maintain social connections and find reliable information, especially in times of crisis,” she said.

“This is a really challenging time for many Tasmanian families and ensuring they have extra support, whether it be devices and data, food or other supports in isolation, is critical.”

For more information or to arrange an interview with TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone, please contact:

  • Lucinda Szczypior, 0438 280 486 or via email.