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Tooling up for the 21st Century at Cabramatta High School

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, together with Member for Werriwa, Chris Hayes today visited Cabramatta High School to talk to students and staff about the new computers and funding the school has received under the Digital Education Revolution.

The $2.2 billion Digital Education Revolution is tooling students up for the digital age. The central plank of the program is the $2.1 National Secondary School Computer Fund which is fulfilling the Rudd Government’s 2007 election commitment to provide every student in years 9-12 with access to a computer.

Cabramatta High School has received a total of $295,000 under this fund. $180,000 was delivered in the first round for 180 computers, with a further $115,000 delivered in a later round for 100 computers and $15,000 in flexible funding to cater for special needs students’ computer access.

The 180 computers provided to the school in the first round of funding have already been rolled out, and Ms Gillard and Mr Hayes today spoke to students in the school library who were working on their laptops.

Ms Gillard and Mr Hayes also had the opportunity to speak to a technology teacher whose position has been funded under the DER.

The first two rounds of funding under the NSSCF ensured all schools reached a ratio of one computer per two students. So far, this has meant that over 247,000 computers have already been installed in secondary schools across the country.

Arrangements are in place between the Federal and State and Territory Governments and Education Authorities to ensure that the Government is on track to have delivered a ratio of one computer per student in years 9-12 by the end of 2011.

“It is imperative that kids get the IT skills at school they need to go on to get a 21st century job,” Mr Hayes said. “Whether they go onto university or TAFE or get an apprenticeship, having technological know-how is crucial.”

“Labor’s $2.1 billion investment in computers for schools follows a decade of neglect by the Howard Government and the Liberal Party in which they shamefully allowed our schools’ technology infrastructure to slide into obsolescence.”

More information on the Digital Education Revolution, including a full list of schools that have received funding for computers, is available at http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au