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NGfL connects half Britain’s schools


According to a DfEE press release today:

Over half of Britain’s primary schools are now connected to the Internet thanks to the Government’s National Grid for Learning (NGfL), Schools Minister Charles Clarke said today.
Speaking about an NOP survey commissioned by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTa) to investigate information and communications technology (ICT) usage in schools, Mr Clarke said:

"We pioneered arrangements with BT and the cable companies to wire up schools to the superhighway free of charge and this appears to be paying off. Latest NOP estimates indicate that 51% of primary schools are now connected to the Internet. This compares with only 17% in 1997.

"But it is not only primary schools that are reaping the benefits of the Information Age. Other estimates and surveys undertaken across the education service indicate that 90% of secondary schools, 100% of colleges of further education and 100% of universities currently have Internet access."

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