Schools to profit from super-fast broadband
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.’’