No distance learning for 12.7% of students in lockdown

Communications authority AGCOM bemoans digital divide

(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 7 - Italy's communications regulator AGCOM said Tuesday that 12.7% of Italian students did not have access to distance learning during the coronavirus lockdown.
    It said this figure was "unacceptable for an advanced democracy".
    The authority said the pandemic has exacerbated "pre-existing social and digital inequalities" and risked "compromising the slow process of digitalization" in Italy.
    It said the problem was especially serious in Italy's less wealthy southern regions.
    The authority said Italian families' "inadequate" technological resources were "a significant obstacle and an unacceptable condition in the case of access to essential services such as education". (ANSA).


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