Local schools could lose computers

HUNDREDS of computers promised to local schools would be lost if a Coalition government came to power in the next federal election, said ALP candidate for Cowper Paul Sekfy.

Mr Sekfy said Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott was planning to rip computer funding away from local schools.

He said local students would be some of the 120,000 kids across Australia who would miss out on having one-to-one access to a computer at school.

“We are getting on with the job of providing computers for every school student – it’s going to take some time, but we aim to have one computer per student by the end of next year,” Mr Sekfy said.

“But there is a big risk to that plan – it’s Tony Abbot and his $700 million cut which will take away computers from local schools.

“This will mean hundreds of students will miss out on a computer in our area.” Mr Sekfy said that the Rudd Government was on track to meet its commitment of having one computer per student by the end of next year, with the states currently conducting large scale rollouts.

“The Rudd Government has delivered over 260,000 computers to help over 2300 schools get the technology they need,” Mr Sekfy said.

“But the risk is that Tony Abbott will cut the funding to schools yet to receive their computers – including many in our local schools. Luke Hartsuyker needs to explain why he supports Tony Abbott’s plan to cut these computers.”



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