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Home learning packs and devices to enable remote learning will soon start landing at the doors of thousands of Kiwi families from to support children stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Ministry of Education has confirmed the first of 2000 modems began being sent out earlier this week, with hard packs being sent from Thursday.

Devices will start to be dispatched next week.

They are being provided to families with school-aged children who don’t have suitable learning devices or internet at home.

“The first devices and modems are being dispatched this week, and the first tranche of hard copy deliveries will make their way to homes on Thursday and will continue on Tuesday next week,” the ministry said.

Two new educational TV channels, in English and Māori, are also being pulled together in record time to launch on Wednesday when the new school term starts – remotely, with both teachers and students teaching and studying in their homes.

Much-loved children’s TV presenter Suzy Cato, who will front science, maths and other content on the English-language channel, said the whole lineup had only been finalised in the past week.

The English and Māori channels will both screen from 9am to 3pm daily with programmes for the full age range from preschoolers to senior high school.

The Māori content will be on Māori Television’s Te Reo channel on Freeview and on Sky’s channel 82.


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