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Laptop roll-out scheme hits town

Friday, 3rd July, 2009

The digital "education revolution" arrived at the Willyama High School yesterday in the form of 21 new laptop computers.

The computers are for the school's year nine students and are part of the first installment of the Federal Government's new laptop roll-out scheme.

The $2.2 billion initiative will see every year nine student in New South Wales receive a laptop by next term.

Willyama principal Tony Hicks said the laptops, which have access to wireless internet, would provide a significant new learning experience for the students.

"It opens up a whole new environment for the kids," he said.

"A significant number of the kids don't have access to the internet so this will be great."

While the NSW Department of Education, which oversaw the roll-out, said it would make students and their parents or carers sign a laptop user charter before being assigned a laptop, it had still budgeted for a 10 per cent loss.

Most students will keep the laptops they receive in year nine and take them with them when they complete year 12.

The Federal Government said it aimed to provide every student from years nine to 12 with their own laptop by December 31, 2011.

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