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Broadband rollout slows in schools

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By Abbey Morton
Broadband rollout slows in schools

COUNCILLORS have called for a speedy rollout of faster internet services at all schools in Dumfries and Galloway to ensure pupils don’t lose out.

Broadband is to be installed at all schools throughout the region to allow for effective digital learning in the classroom.

However, the rollout has been dragging on and five primary schools — Sanquhar, Sheuchan, St Joseph’s, St Ninian’s and Leswalt — are still waiting on connections.

At Dumfries and Galloway Council’s education committee last week,

Mid and Upper Nithsdale Councillor Jim Dempster explained that he complained four months ago about the lengthy wait for broadband at Sanquhar Primary.

He said: “Yet here we are today, and there is still no indication of any timescale.

“It’s really sad that we find ourselves in this situation.”

Graeme McIllorum, the council’s senior manager for business and technology solutions, acknowledged ‘very significant delays’ and said that they still do not have an installation date but that he would ‘put as much pressure on’ as he could to get a date.