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Australia plans 2 billion for digital education

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Australian Government will invest US$807million for digital education revolution on-costs under the the National Education Agreement and National Partnerships will reform education in this country and deliver education excellence in all schools to ensure every Australian child receives a world class education.

1,500 of Australia's poorest schools will be handed more than one billion dollars over the next five years, as part of a program to tackle inequality in the education system. The Council of Australian Governments will deliver critical transparency measures in a four year $42..4 billion National Education Agreement from 1 January next year.

In addition, the Australian Government will deliver a National Partnership on Teacher Quality worth US$550 million, a National Partnership on Literacy & Numeracy worth US$540 million and a National Partnership on Low SES School Communities worth US$1.1 billion over five years.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that the new spending package including ICT in education agreed yesterday by the Council of Australian Governments would generate 133,000 jobs over four to five years.

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