Kiwi students rank high on access to ICT

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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report says, New Zealand secondary school students stand fifth out of 41 countries for access to Information Communications Technology. This study shows that the government's strategy to equip all young New Zealanders with skills in, and access to, ICT is achieving good results.

Every school in the country now has access to broadband and ICT equipment and more than 600 schools are involved in ICT clusters. New Zealand 15 year olds' access to ICT in home and school was the fifth highest of participating countries at nearly 100 percent. Most 15 year olds (approximately 80 percent) had home internet access in 2003, a figure that is likely to have risen since 2003. Approximately 56 percent of New Zealand 15 year olds had been using computers for more than five years. New Zealand students ranked very highly for their confidence with Internet tasks (8th) and higher-level ICT tasks such as managing databases and building web pages (6th). The government has invested $300 million in ICT in schools since 2000. This year schools will receive $50 million specifically for ICT over and above the $22 million provided as part of their operational grants.

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