Schools to profit from su­per-fast broad­band

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Na­tional’s $1.65 bil­lion spend­ing on ul­trafast broad­band will ben­e­fit 19 schools in the Mana elec­torate, which will get ac­cess by July next year.

Na­tional’s Porirua-based List MP and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata said she was thrilled by the news that a faster in­ter­net con­nec­tion ‘‘will pre­pare our stu­dents for liv­ing and work­ing in the 21st Cen­tury’’.

Schools in Porirua to ben­e­fit in­clude Bishop Viard Col­lege, Porirua Col­lege, Corinna School, Plim­mer­ton School and Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate. By July next year, more than 410,000 stu­dents at 1500 schools across New Zealand will be con­nected.

Ms Parata said ul­trafast broad­band was an im­por­tant tool for the fu­ture of ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘Schools will be able to share re­sources like physics and IT teach­ers, and stu­dents will be able to take part in vir­tual class­rooms and cour­ses that might not be avail­able at their own schools.’’

Ul­trafast broad­band is a vi­tal part of the Gov­ern­ment’s plan to build a more com­pet­i­tive and pro­duc­tive econ­omy, she said.

‘‘Na­tional is de­liv­er­ing on its prom­ise to bring ul­trafast broad­band to 75 per cent of New Zealan­ders where they live, work and study,’’ she said.

‘‘By the end of 2015, 97.7 per cent of schools and 99.9 per cent of stu­dents will re­ceive ul­trafast fi­bre en­abling speeds of 100 Mbps.’’

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