Digital boost for rural students
OVER the next year, 347 small rural and regionally based Victorian government schools will receive a better digital education.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 included a $16.4 million state-wide investment to improve bandwidth and digital connectivity for students in rural and regional Victoria.
It will double the internet bandwidth of these smaller rural and regional schools and level the playing field so that students and teachers outside of our cities aren’t left behind.
Rural and regional schools will have faster and more reliable access to online teaching and learning resources to support learning programs and an extended choice of subjects to choose from.
This year’s budget also includes $67.9 million for better IT support for schools and students across Victoria.
This funding will see information technology across all govern- ment schools upgraded to provide reliable access to digital services in the classroom that are essential to teaching and learning.
It also compliments the rollout of ten new Tech Schools by renewing Wi-Fi in schools and implementing a new state-wide virtual conferencing system for more than half a million students in Victorian government schools.
The Minister for Education James Merlino said, “We are doubling the bandwidth provision to 347 small rural and regional schools across Victoria to make 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.
“No student should miss out on learning the skills they will need for the jobs of the future.”
LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: The state government claims they will double the internet bandwidth of smaller rural and regional schools this year.