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Computers in schools fall to bits.



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Fri, 26th September 2008 COMPUTERS IN SCHOOLS FALL TO BITS

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training

Kevin Rudd’s Digital Education Revolution has been exposed as a damp squib by today’s news that the NSW Government has said no to round two of the Computers in Schools program, according to Shadow Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

“During the election Kevin Rudd promised Australian parents that there would be a computer for every child in school.

“Then when Labor won Government Julia Gillard changed that to one computer for every two children, and they decided that they wouldn’t pay for set-up, software or support for those computers.

“Now this program is falling apart completely. The NSW Government is like the boy who cried ‘the emperor has no clothes.’

“This promise was the centrepiece of Labor’s election campaign. We can see now that while Labor was long on rhetoric they have been short on outcomes.

“Kevin Rudd’s claim that he would be able to cut the Gordion knot of federal/state funding relations is a sham.

“How is Julia Gillard going to explain to parents of children in NSW state schools why their children won’t get the computers promised because the Government’s Computers in Schools policy is a shambles?

“Co-operative federalism is in tatters today.

“Julia Gillard has snuck this announcement out late on a Friday afternoon in a vain hope that she might avoid embarrassment.”