Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has called on all eligible schools in Australia to be part of the second round of the Rudd Government’s National Secondary School Computer Fund.
Announcing the second round of funding under the $1.2b National Secondary School Computer Fund, Gillard said the first round had provided $116m to 896 schools, one third of secondary schools across Australia. 95% of secondary schools invited to apply in Round One did so.
Almost 1,900 secondary schools will be eligible to apply in the second round that will provide funding of around $180 million and enable all remaining schools across Australia to achieve a computer to student ratio of 1:2.
This is part of the Rudd Government’s Digital Education Revolution policy designed to improve access to IT for secondary school students. Initially, the aim was to provide one PC for each secondary school student, but this has now been scaled back to 1:2.
Applications for this round will close on 9 October, and the aim is to advise schools of the outcome before the end of the school year.