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'Digital divide' is real in Australian schools

23 January, 2008
By Allison Orr

An audit report undertaken for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has found that there is a significant digital gap between schools across the country.  Acting Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has said that at some schools, kids are virtually without access to a computer while others are quite well resourced.  She pointed out that shortages are not confined to government schools but are seen in some private and independent schools.

During the election campaign, the Labor Party promised to give every high school child access to a computer, and this report was commission by the new government in December to inform plans for the new Government’s digital education revolution.

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