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FIVE local high schools will soon receive more than $350,000 worth of computers.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot yesterday congratulated the schools for securing the funding in the latest round of the National Secondary Schools Computer Fund.

“These local secondary schools will have access to 21st Century technology through this new funding, which is a key component of the Rudd Government's $2 billion digital education revolution,” she said.

“The prime minister has committed $1.9 billion in funding for the provision of new ICT equipment in Australian secondary schools.”

Ms Elliot said these initiatives will improve students' access to information, and take Australia further towards a world-class education system.

“The fund will provide students with greater access to, and more sophisticated use of, information and communications technology (ICT) to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The schools to receive funding in this round were Tweed River High School ($173,000), Banora Point High School ($94,000), Murwillumbah High School ($37,000), Nimbin Central School ($28,000) and Pacific Coast Christian School ($27,000).

All schools in Australia will be provided with the opportunity to obtain funds to bring them to a 1:2 computer to student ratio, including funding to address costs associated with deployment of additional computers.



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