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Pupils in UK schools are missing out due to a lack of quality connectivity, it has been claimed.

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) says students in more than half of all UK state schools have poor access to ICT and computers.

In a BESA study, 65 per cent of primary schools and 54 per cent of secondary schools described themselves as under-resourced in Wi-Fi connectivity.

Additionally, 42 per cent and 31 per cent said they lacked suitable broadband connections - making it difficult for students to take full advantage of the internet.

BESA director Caroline Wright said British teachers are "world leaders" in the use of educational technology in the classroom.

"So it is of great concern that pupils are being denied access to innovative and effective digital learning because of poor internet connectivity in more than half of the UK’s schools," she noted.

Ms Wright urged the government to "take speedy action" to ensure every child has the opportunity to benefit from an education that harnesses the power of technology.

She said this is necessary to equip young people with the digital skills they need to achieve success in the 21st century knowledge economy.

“Classroom connectivity to an online world of knowledge and resources should be a right for every student in their place of learning and not a lottery," Ms Wright added.

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