State Government pledges $20 million to buy technology for public primary schools

State Government pledges $20 million to buy technology for public primary schools

HUNDREDS of public primary schools across WA will benefit from new tablets, laptops, desktop computers and accessories.

Education Minister Peter Collier today announced 572 schools would receive funding to purchase the new technology under the State Government’s $20 million Primary Device Program 2016-17.

Schools are investing in new devices, with school funds matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government up to a total of $20 million.

“There is a growing evidence which shows the importance of developing students’ digital literacy,” Mr Collier said.

The Minister said increasing the amount of technology in schools was imperative “so children can learn the skills they need to succeed in the future”.

“When part of a balanced education program, IT devices can be powerful tools for helping students improve their literacy and numeracy skills,” he said.

“I am delighted with the success of this program, which is in addition to more than $30 million in ICT upgrades in Western Australian schools.”