347 rural and regional Victorian government schools will have their internet bandwidth doubled, as part of the state’s 2017/18 budget.
The bandwidth increase will ensure country students have faster and more reliable access to online teaching and learning resources, including an extended choice of subjects to study.
Coming as a $16.4 million state-wide investment, it complements the $67.9 million for better IT support for schools and students across Victoria.
Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino said the investment will see regional students on par with their metropolitan counterparts.
“By investing in digital connectivity for rural and regional schools we can ensure our teachers can offer the same standard of digital education as metropolitan schools.
“No student should miss out on learning the skills they will need for the jobs of the future,” he said.