Australia closes in on promise of laptops for all students

Australia is edging closer to its deadline for delivering laptops to all school students between school years 9-12, with 75 per cent of laptops reportedly delivered as of June 30, 2011.

Sydney, Australia - The Australian government is edging closer to its deadline for delivering laptops to all school students between school years 9-12, with 75 per cent of laptops reportedly delivered as of June 30, 2011.

The Federal Government program to deliver a computer to every child from year nine to year 12 was first announced in 2007 by the newly elected Rudd Labor Government as part of the $2.2 billion Digital Education Revolution scheme.

While the initial roll-out of the laptops commenced slowly, reaching only 38 per cent of over 700,000 in December 2010, the program has greatly accelerated in the last few months. In a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra this afternoon, Department of Education Officials confirmed that as of 30 June, 579,879 laptops had been delivered to students across Australia. This represents approximately 75 per cent of the total roll-out, with around 200,000 laptops left to deliver before the end of the year, officials said.

For more on this story, read Laptops in schools close to completion on ZDNet Australia.

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