Australian schools fitted out with 911,000 new computers

The implementation complements the government's Digital Education Revolution

More than 911,000 computers have been installed in Australian schools under the National Secondary School Computer Fund, the Federal Government has announced.

The fund is aimed at assisting schools in buying new computers and other ICT equipment for students in Years 9 to 12 by providing $1000 per computer and up to $1500 for its installation and maintenance.

The budget, however, is not only limited to computers. The budget can be allocated to a diverse range of device such as netbooks, laptops and tablets, depending on the school’s needs.

“It’s imperative that Australian students have access to world class computers and technology if we are to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world,” said the minister for school education, Peter Garrett, in a statement.

“The computer rollout is transforming the way students learn, enabling them to work autonomously and develop the skills they need to go on to higher education, into a trade or enter the workforce.”

Funding has also been made available for specialised ICT equipment to students with a disability.

The installation complements the government’s Digital Education Revolution, which has cost the government more than $2.4 billion.

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