Lo­cal schools get big dig­i­tal boost

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

FOUR state pri­mary schools in the area will have their in­ter­net band­width dou­bled thanks to the Vic­to­rian bud­get.

El­more Pri­mary School, Goornong Pri­mary School, Col­binab­bin Pri­mary School and Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School are just four of 347 ru­ral and re­gional gov­ern­ment schools who will re­ceive the dig­i­tal up­grade.

The bud­get in­cluded a $16.4 mil­lion state-wide in­vest­ment to im­prove band­width and dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity for these stu­dents.

In dou­bling the band­width, the play­ing field will be lev­elled for stu­dents and teach­ers out­side the ma­jor cities, en­sur­ing they aren’t left be­hind.

State Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter James Mer­lino said the gov­ern­ment are mak­ing sure all stu­dents can ac­cess a first-rate dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­less of where they live.

‘‘By in­vest­ing in dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity for ru­ral and re­gional schools we can en­sure our teach­ers can of­fer the same stan­dard of dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion as metropoli­tan schools,’’ he said.

‘‘No stu­dent should miss out on learn­ing the skills they will need for the jobs of the fu­ture.’’

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