Australian government delivers 300,000th computer to school program

10:19, June 04, 2010      

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The Australian federal government on Friday delivered the 300,000th computer in its Computers in Schools program.

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard personally delivered the latest machines in the government's rollout at Cranebrook High School in Sydney's west on Friday.

It aimed to give every student in years 9 to 12 a computer by the end of 2011, paid for out of federal Labor's 2.1 billion dollars (1.8 billion U.S. dollars) National Secondary School Computer Fund.

Gillard insisted the plan is on track.

"This was one of our election promises. We wanted to make sure that our secondary students would be learning with the learning tool of the 21st century," Gillard told Australian Associated Press.

Gillard said there had only been about 210,000 computers in schools when the current Labor government was elected in 2007.

"That meant that for some senior secondary students, they were in a school where there were no computers," Gillard said. "This is a program that is on track to deliver exactly what we promised."

Source: Xinhua


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