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Mike Kelly MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

August 1, 2008 08-105

Mike Kelly presents captain with computer certificate The Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly presented Moruya High School girls captain Rachael Gamble with a Digital Education Revolution Certificate for $172,000 worth of computers last week.

Moruya High School will receive 172 new computers which can be desktop computers, laptop computers or thin client computers.

Dr Kelly said the Government will provide funds through agreements with state and territory education departments on behalf of government schools and with block grant authorities for the non-government sector.

“We are encouraging education authorities and schools to take advantage of bulk purchasing to achieve economies of scale,” he said.

“Where there are savings they can be used for on-costs - for example, power, security or air conditioning. Alternatively residual funds may also be used to purchase other ICT equipment, such as interactive whiteboards, data projectors, printers and scanners or network infrastructure.”

Moruya High School is among the first Australian schools to be provided with the Digital Education Revolution computer funding which aims to ensure a one computer ratio to every two students in Years 9-12 around the country. This will become the national benchmark in all Australian schools by the end of this year.

Schools which have not achieved this benchmark for Years 9-12 students can make application for funding now under the second round which allocates $180 million to the National School Computer Fund.

“Round two applications close on October 9,” Dr Kelly said. “I’m encouraging those schools in Eden-Monaro that haven’t met the one-to-two ratio yet to apply as soon as possible so they can be advised of the outcome before the end of the year.”

Dr Kelly said further information about the computer fund is available from http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au and at the same website schools can download the Better Practice Guide: ICT in Schools which provides advice and assistance to schools.

Dr Kelly said that schools needed to register at the School Entry Point on the website before they can access the online application form to apply for computer funding.

Picture shows Rachael Gamble accepting the certificate on behalf of the school.

Media inquiries: Terry Bransdon 0488 499 166