Home­work break­through

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JO MOIR

Pati Suailua looked at buy­ing a lap­top for his six chil­dren to share – now, thanks to a school lease sys­tem, he has four Chrome­books in the house.

The Porirua fa­ther said some fam­i­lies were too proud to sign up to the $4-a-week lease sys­tem, but he jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in his chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

Te Mana o Kupe Trust has al­ready leased Chrome­books to 400 fam­i­lies and, by the end of next year, more than 2000 chil­dren from 13 schools in Porirua East are ex­pected to have a de­vice.

One- third of Porirua East house­holds don’t have the in­ter­net, so the next step was to get com­mu­nity wi-fi set up, trust founder Antony Royal said.

‘‘ Ideally, in the next few months, we’ll start build­ing and in­stalling wi-fi so house­holds with our Chrome­books can con­nect to it,’’ he said.

School work could be com­pleted off­line at home, but Royal said on­line learn­ing should not stop at the school gate for those fam­i­lies who could not af­ford broad­band.

Suailua has in­ter­net ac­cess, but said the big dif­fer­ence with Chrome­books was that his Corinna School chil­dren could do their home­work on­line at a price that didn’t break the budget.

‘‘I get emails now say­ing what home­work the kids have so I can make sure they’re do­ing it and help them with it.’’

Corinna School prin­ci­pal Michele Whit­ing said the decile 1 school had al­ready no­ticed big changes in the en­gage­ment be­tween par­ents and their chil­dren since the Chrome­books were in­tro­duced.

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