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June 02, 2017

Strathmerton, Katunga and Katunga South primary schools are three of six schools in Moira Shire to benefit from a better digital education.

Strathmerton, Katunga and Katunga South primary schools are three of six schools in Moira Shire to benefit from a better digital education.

The Victorian Budget 2017-18 includes a $16.4million statewide investment to improve bandwidth and digital connectivity for students in 347 small rural and regional Victorian government schools.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said it would provide more reliable access to online teaching and learning resources to support learning programs and an extended choice of subjects to choose from.

‘‘We are doubling the bandwidth provision to 347 country schools — 160 in Northern Victoria (electorate) — to make sure all students can access a first-rate digital education regardless of where they live,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘We are investing in schools because we want local students to have the standard of digital education as metropolitan schools.

‘‘No student in Northern Victoria should miss out on learning the skills they will need for the jobs of the future.’’

This year’s budget also included $67.9million for better IT support for schools and students across Victoria.

This funding will see information technology across all government schools upgraded to provide reliable access to digital services in the classroom that are essential to teaching and learning.

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