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School kids set to borrow laptops amid pandemic

School children in England are being given the chance to borrow a laptop in order to continue their studies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the country, schools have closed due to the health crisis - but disadvantaged teenagers are now being offered the opportunity to borrow a laptop during the health crisis.

According to Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, the move will "take the pressure" off parents with children at home.

He said: "Schools will remain shut until the scientific advice changes."

The government has announced that laptops or tablets will be provided for some 15-year-olds who do not currently have access to a computer.

Williamson added: "By providing young people with these laptops and tablets and enabling schools to access high quality support, we will enable all children to continue learning.

"We hope this support will take some of the pressure off both parents and schools by providing more materials for them to use."

Meanwhile, Williamson has also confirmed that as yet, "no decision has been made" on when schools in England will re-open.

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