Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced that in the next few days, 2000 schools will be connected to the government-funded N4L Managed Network, giving them fast, reliable internet.
“A bundle of schools will be connected this week. One of these will be the 2000th school connected, and I’ll be calling the principal to mark the milestone,” says Ms Kaye.
“This will mean more than 80 per cent of schools are using the Managed Network, which as well as fast, reliable internet also provides uncapped data, web filtering and network security services, at no cost.
“Schools connected within the past week include the country’s largest school, Auckland’s Rangitoto College, with 3000 students, and several small rural schools.
“All up, around 600,000 students and 36,000 teachers now have fast, reliable internet for learning.
“The Government is investing $211 million in this project, so that all state, state-integrated and partnership schools can have uncapped internet access funded by the Crown.
The project to connect schools, which is led by Network for Learning (N4L), continues to run ahead of schedule with over 700 schools connecting since N4L passed the halfway mark in February 2015.Some of the most recently connected schools include the country’s largest school, Auckland’s Rangitoto College (with more than 3000 students) and New Plymouth’s Puketapu School.
N4L CEO John Hanna says “Our team has visited every single one of the 2000 connected schools, ensuring each and every one will be able to get the most from using the Managed Network. Every school is different. Not only do they come in all different sizes, with varied geographies and deciles, but they are also at different stages of their digital learning journey."
When the rollout is complete by the end of next year, more than 800,000 users are expected to be using the Managed Network. N4L connected the first school to the Managed Network at the end of November 2013.
“The Managed Network is helping bring the internet to children who might not otherwise be able to access it, and it’s expanding learning opportunities for everyone in the classroom.
“It’s also reducing IT complexity in schools, so that teachers can focus on teaching and learning. Having access to reliable, ultra-fast broadband is critical to enabling schools to explore more innovative approaches to teaching and learning, using the internet and digital technologies.”