Source: The Mercury, 31 January 1995, p. 9
MANY Australians believe schools are failing to provide students with adequate com- puter and technology-related education, a magazine sur- vey published yesterday in Sydney says. Computer Living editor Sue Ashton said 94 per cent of the 4132 readers polled believed schools should offer more computer courses. And 82 per cent called for schools to make a greater investment in technology. One of the respondents is quoted as saying: "Funding for education is at an all- time low and Australian schools are really feeling the pinch - many teachers have not had computer training and quite a few suffer from technophobia. "Australian children are missing out on the technol- ogy that is shaping our eco- nomic future." Ms Ashton added: "Our readers are aware of the huge impact computers are having on their daily lives but they are worried because they don't see that emphasis reflected in their children's education. "Parents living in country areas expressed particular concern that the smaller more isolated schools were being left behind." However, a spokeswoman for Education Minister Vir- ginia Chadwick's office said the survey results were not true for New South Wales which was leading the nation in computer education. "Funding is at an all-time high in NSW, a record high. NSW has taken the ratio to one computer for every 19 students, which is the best ratio in Australia," she said. AAP
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